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Young Chef Shines in North West Final

A budding young chef from Accrington and Rossendale College has narrowly missed out on top spot to former AccRoss College graduate Liam Anderson in the North West Young Chef of the Year Competition held at Preston College.

Rachel Pinder, 17, from Clitheroe, made it through the preliminary paper round where competitors are tasked with producing in depth recipes including costs of ingredients and location of produce.

The competition, sponsored by Essential Cuisine and CHR, featured a wealth of knowledge on its judging panel with consisted of Chairman of Judges – Brian Mellor, Essential Cuisine’s Business Development Chef – Jon Harvey-Barnes and Head Chef at the White Mare Hotel in Beckermet – Jon Fell.

Rachel, who works at the Assheton Arms in Clitheroe had to produce 3 dishes from scratch in a two-hour time limit.

  • Starter – Venison Loin and Watermelon
  • Main – Pan Fried Bream with Smoked Mussels
  • Dessert – Chocolate Orange Tiramisu

Head Chef at Accrington and Rossendale College’s professional restaurant Roots Restaurant, Lee Hyatt commented, “We are all very proud of Rachel. The work and dedication she put in prior to the competition was great to see. We are also extremely proud of Liam who came in first place as he is a former graduate of the College who now works at the Freemasons at Wiswell.”

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