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Winners of Young Seafood Chef of the Year announced

Winners of Young Seafood Chef of the Year announced

14th May 2012

Following a tough competition held at the Grimsby Institute the winners of Young Seafood Chef Of The Year were announced. The team from University College Birmingham was crowned the overall victor, with chefs Katie Lewis, 19, and Marco Sannio, 21, saying they were overjoyed to win and receive the prize of £500 each and £1,000 worth of cookery equipment for the college - as well as a trophy and a meal cooked by judge Mitch Tonks.

Some of Britain's most talented young chefs, competing in eight teams from across the country, worked to create a selection of dishes aimed at making the panel of catering industry judges' mouths water.

Mr Sannio said: "We always hoped to win but there was never a real way of knowing what the judges were thinking. We are both very pessimistic, but we did go in thinking we had a chance. I was very nervous but we managed to create a langoustine composition for our first dish, saffron poached salmon for our second dish and potato scale plaice for the final dish. We were happy with how it turned out and we are glad the judges liked it."

Award-winning chef Mitch Tonks, who has three restaurants, said: "The standard was high and the overall decision was the toughest it has ever been. "The main course by the winners was by far the best dish in the competition, it was near perfection. The hygiene and professionalism was of the highest standard. The winners had a clear grasp of the industry and what is expected. Everyone involved here has the potential to go really far in the industry."

Source: This is Grimsby

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