Sabden teenager named Young Chef of the Year

St Mary's College Young Chef of the Year Olivia Bowers, of Sabden.
St Mary's College Young Chef of the Year Olivia Bowers, of Sabden.
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A SABDEN teenager is savouring success after being named Young Chef of the Year at a special college event.

Olivia Bowers (14), of Whalley Road, picked up the award at Blackburn College after shining during a series of Saturday morning masterclasses.

More than 30 young people from a dozen schools across Lancashire took part in the Young Chef award, where they learned how to create culinary masterpieces in the kitchens of Scholars restaurant, under the guidance of Blackburn Colleges chefs.

Sue Postlethwaite, who organised the sessions said: “Olivia really deserves a lot of credit for the award because the standard of all the young people who took part was excellent and it was really tough for the judges to select a winner.

“All of the young chefs were an absolute credit to their parents and their teachers because they all showed a great deal of commitment, dedication and flair. Each Saturday morning they have thrown themselves into learning something new, which proves just how dedicated these young people really are.”

Over the three weeks the junior master chefs developed their skills with a variety of sweet and savoury recipes and showcased what they had learned by treating tutors, family and friends to a special lunch.