Gloucestershire Junior Chef 2017

Congratulations to Amber Clay from Alderman Knight School who successfully earned the title of Gloucestershire Junior Chef 2017 when she won the Gloucestershire semi-final on Wednesday 12th July and will now go on to represent her county at the final in October. ¬†Although the final scores were very close, our judges all agreed that Amber’s pork belly dish took the edge with its exceptional flavour.

Faced with the challenging task of judging some excellent dishes were our judges:

  • David Everitt-Matthias, Chef Proprietor, Le Champignon Sauvage, Cheltenham
  • Gus Ashenford, Chef Proprietor, Restaurant 5 North Street, Winchcombe
  • Renark Cousins, Chef Lecturer, Gloucestershire College

Thank you very much to all of our judges and to the team at Gloucestershire College for hosting the competition.  Amber will now benefit from support and mentoring from Gus Ashenford in preparation for the final.


Many congratulations to all six finalists who ensured this was a very tough and close competition:

Eva Bolton-Lake, Maidenhill School, Stonehouse

Gloucestershire Squab Pie and cauliflower cheese









Amber Clay, Alderman Knight School, Tewkesbury

Gloucester Old Spot pork belly with black pudding bon bons served with red cabbage, apple mash and a thyme-infused cider reduction









Becky Fear, All Saints Academy, Cheltenham

Sea Bass with lemon roasted Cornish Kings and asparagus with basil hollandaise









Keziah-Paige Morgan, Maidenhill School, Stonehouse

Honey garlic Salmon with lemon couscous and green beans









Oliver Pender, Bishops Cleeve Primary Academy, Cheltenham

Salmon and Haddock fishcakes with pistachio pesto









Megan Walker, Brimsham Green School, Yate

Herb-crusted Cod with roasted asparagus, Hasselback potatoes and lemon and cream sauce



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