Budding young Preston chefs among the best in the country

Posted on - 27th June, 2014 - 9:21am | Author - | Posted in - Preston News
Megan Prince and Krsyta Jimenez with their dishes

Megan Prince and Krsyta Jimenez with their dishes

Two students at Preston’s College were named in the top five young seafood chefs in the UK by celeb chef Jean-Christophe Novelli.


Earlier this month we reported that the Preston students cooked their way through to the Young Seafood Chef of the year finals.

Krysta Jimenez, 20, and Megan Prince, 18, both from Preston, were awarded fourth place in the National UK Young Seafood Chef of the Year competition.

The very talented pair, who are Professional Cookery Level 2 students at Preston’s College, were among nine finalists to complete for the national title after beating learners from across the North West to win the regional heats.

The teams had to produce three courses, made out of specific types of fish, which were served to guests, sponsors and the judging panel led by Jean-Christophe Novelli.

Chef Jean-Christophe Novelli

Chef Jean-Christophe Novelli

They had to create a delicious starter out of salmon or coley, an intermediate using whole plaice or herring, and a main course of turbot or sea bass.

Debra Hill, Assistant Head of Hospitality and Catering at Preston’s College said: “We were very proud of Krysta and Megan for winning the regional heat, but to go on to be placed fourth in the UK really is a fantastic achievement.

“As well as Jean-Christophe, the judging panel was made up of representatives from leading companies such as Youngs, Seafish, and Food Creations, and it was great for our students to be able to showcase their skills to industry specialists.

“The judges had the very difficult task of identifying the next major talents in the industry so we’re thrilled that Krysta and Megan were placed and were one of only four teams to be awarded medals in what was a nail-bitingly close final.”

The UK Young Seafood Chef of the year competition was organised by Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education and is now in its 15th year.

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