Teen chef set to cook up a storm in contest

Josh Root after being crowned regional winner
Josh Root after being crowned regional winner

Budding chef Josh Root has the recipe for success after winning the regional final of the Springboard Future Chef 2018 Competition.

The 16-year-old, of Clitheroe, is studying Level 2 professional cookery apprenticeship at Blackburn College and gaining his practical experience as an apprentice at Northcote.

Mentored by Paul Maguire, Josh has successfully championed three previous heats to qualify as regional champion and will now proceed to the national final, held at Westminster Kingsway College in London, later this month.

“I am really excited to be travelling down to London.” Josh said. The whole competition has been a fantastic way of using what I have learnt as an apprentice to practice and hone my cookery skills. It is such an honour to be working alongside such amazing chefs at Northcote and I am so grateful to the support I have received from Blackburn College, Springboard and my mentor Paul Maguire.”

Paul Sharples, industry links manager of Blackburn College, said: “We are incredibly proud of Josh and how well he has done throughout the competition.

“The standard of the other competitors throughout the competition has been extremely high and it has been a real pleasure to see so many promising young chefs so engaged with cooking.”