A BUDDING young chef from Clitheroe has clinched second place in a prestigious cookery competition.
Rachel Cunliffe received her award from celebrity chef James Martin in the Make It With Mince Challenge 2012 Manchester regional heats.
Rachel, a student at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, was highly commended after she fought it out against eight other finalists and she impressed the judges with her Barbeque Tortilla Pie. Points were scored for originality, nutritional value and presentation.
James said:”Our finalists have been outstanding this year and Rachel has done exceptionally well to achieve second place. Her recipe was creative, nutritious and brilliantly presented.
“Most importantly it tasted fantastic!”
Sponsored by Red Tractor beef and lamb, the competition saw budding young chefs between the ages of 11 and 16 from the local area go head-to-head for the chance to be named Regional Winner.
Contestants were judged for their recipe development and culinary skills as part of this prestigious cooking contest. Hundreds of entries were received for this year’s competition and Rachel was among 50 youngsters from across the country who were selected to represent their region at six cook-off events judged by James. During the tense Manchester heat each student had just one hour to prepare, cook and plate-up their own original recipe featuring beef or lamb mince.
James added: “ It is so inspiring to meet so many talented young cooks and each and every one of them really impressed me. It is now more important than ever before to inspire young people to cook properly and the Make it with Mince Challenge is a perfect platform for them to learn about food, cooking and nutrition.
“I hope that Rachel’s success will encourage more young people from the local area to get cooking and try out new and different recipes.”
Denise Spencer-Walker, Food Advisor for Red Tractor beef and lamb, said: “We received so many inventive and unusual recipe ideas this year, so singling out just 50 regional finalists was a tough job. Rachel’s enthusiasm for great cooking really shone through and I’m sure she will go on to achieve great culinary success in the future. “I hope that all those who entered will be inspired to make cooking a bigger part of their day-to-day lives and inspire others to do the same.”