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Young chefs prove they have recipe for success

HOT PROSPECTS: Runner up Lyndsey Hepworth and winner Lenah Ahmed.
HOT PROSPECTS: Runner up Lyndsey Hepworth and winner Lenah Ahmed.

Two ASPIRING chefs from Heckmondwike enjoyed the sweet taste of success during a cooking competition at Kirklees College.

Six finalists, including Lenah Ahmed and Lyndsey Hepworth from Heckmondwike Grammar School, took part in a technical challenge where they all made profiteroles with Chantilly cream and chocolate sauce, and then battled to create a show-stopping dessert in under two hours.

The Heckmondwike pair clearly had the recipe for success at the contest.

Lenah claimed the overall title, while Lyndsey finished as the runner-up and won the technical challenge.

The annual Young Chef of the Year Competition took place in the training kitchens and Landings 72 restaurant at the college’s Huddersfield Centre.

The competition was open to school pupils aged 14-16 from throughout West Yorkshire.

Judges were Anthony Hegney, founder and director of Asparagus Green and Sally Russum, director of Russums catering supplies, Kirklees College Principal Marie Gilluley and L3 Advanced Professional Cookery student Manveer Bhullar – a former finalist of the competition herself.

Sally Russum said: “It’s a great competition. The young chefs were of such a high standard and showed impressive levels of professionalism and creativity in their desserts. It is a pleasure to support both the young people, and the college.”