Junior Chef finalists 2016

Slider_charlotteCharlotte Pullen, Wiltshire Junior finalist 2015

We now have the full line up of finalists in the 2016 Junior category!

We received a record number of entries this year from young cooks aged 11-16 and exceptional semi-finals were held in the six counties of the South West.

Six young cooks were selected in each county to compete at the semi-finals and one winner was chosen by our judges in each, to represent their county at the final on Saturday 15th October at Ashburton Cookery School.

Junior finalists will benefit from valuable mentoring from one of our judges in each county.

A significant element of the junior category is the opportunity that young cooks have to develop their skills and learn from some of the South West’s leading chefs.  Each county winner will now benefit from advice and support from one of our judges when they will gain valuable experience of a working kitchen and dedicated support to help them to prepare for the final!

Many congratulations to all semi-finalists who took part and prepared dishes of an exceptional standard.

The winners, competitors and judges in each county are outlined below.  We were extremely privileged to be joined by a fantastic line-up of top chefs who judged the county heats and are also very grateful to the following colleges that hosted each semi-final:

Click here for further information about each of our judges


Exeter College – 13th June 2016


Mark Dodson – Chef Proprietor, The Masons Arms, Knowstone

Matt Mason – Head Chef, Jack in the Green, Rockbeare

John Wheeler – Head of Faculty, Exeter College

Mentor judge: Mark Dodson


Devon Junior Chef winner:

Ethan Macdonald, The Kings School, Ottery St Mary

Other Devon semi-finalists:

Sunnie Ching, Stover School, Newton Abbot

Samantha Clarke, Stover School, Newton Abbot

Chloe Crocker, Okehampton College

Ffion Gallantree, The Kings School, Ottery St Mary

Lara Jones, Stover School, Newton Abbot



Bath College – 15th June 2016


Sam Moody – Executive Head Chef, The Bath Priory

Elly Wentworth – Sous Chef, Lucknam Park, Bath

Kean Maslen – chef lecturer, Bath College

Mentor judge: Sam Moody


Somerset Junior Chef winner:

Ethan Bull, Crispin School, Street

Other Somerset semi-finalists:

Kiara Boobyer, Holyrood Academy, Chard

Matthew Boston, Kings of Wessex Academy, Cheddar

Ollie Garstang, The Blue School, Wells

Molly Ross, Kings of Wessex Academy, Cheddar

Megan Walker, Brimsham Green School, Yate



Wiltshire College Trowbridge – 16th June 2016


Hywel Jones – Executive Chef, Lucknam Park, Bath

Rob Potter – Head Chef, The Manor House Hotel, Castle Combe

Stephen Lloyd – Chef Lecturer, Wiltshire College

Mentor judge: Hywel Jones


Wiltshire Junior Chef winner:

Daisy Taylor, Lavington School, Devizes


Other Wiltshire semi-finalists:

Grace Collins, Stonar School, Melksham

Sibella Egerton, South Wiltshire Grammar School for Girls, Salisbury

Erica Hopkinson, Nova Hreod Academy, Swindon

Rebecca Maule, The Trafalgar School, Downton

Maisy Mornement, Hardenhuish School, Chippenham



Cornwall College, Camborne – 17th June 2016


Neil Haydock – Executive Chef, Watergate Bay Hotel

Stephane Delourme – Head Chef, The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow

Mark Devonshire – Chef Lecturer, Cornwall College

Mentor judge: Stephane Delourme


Cornwall Junior Chef winner:

 Ashley Gilder, Penrice Academy, St Austell


Other Cornwall semi-finalists:

Evie Asman, Launceston College

Jessica McKendrick, Penair School, Truro

Tamika Pitman, Penair School, Truro

Charlie Vickery, Launceston College

Anna West, Penair School, Truro


Bournemouth and Poole College – 20th June 2016


Matt Budden – Executive Chef,  Hilton Bournemouth

Russell Brown – Creative About Cuisine

Gary Kilminster, Essential Cuisine

Christophe Baffos, Head of Hospitality, Bournemouth and Poole College

Mentor judge: Matt Budden

Dorset Junior Chef winner:

 Abbie Brockway, Lytchett Minster School


Other Dorset semi-finalists:

Luke Bearpark, The Woodroffe School, Lyme Regis

Estella Corr, The Woodroffe School, Lyme Regis

Nana Osei-Lah, Bournemouth School for Girls

Anya Saltmarsh, The Woodroffe School, Lyme Regis

Laura Taylor, The Woodroffe School, Lyme Regis


Gloucestershire College, Cheltenham – 7th July 2016


David Everitt-Matthias – Chef Proprietor, Le Champignon Sauvage, Cheltenham

Gus Ashenford – Chef Proprietor, Restaurant 5 North Street, Winchcombe

Patrick Champion – Deputy Head of Hospitality and Catering, Gloucestershire College

Mentor judge: David Everitt-Matthias


Gloucestershire Junior Chef winner:

 Laura Phipps, Severnvale School, Gloucester


Other Gloucestershire semi-finalists:

Gareth Adams, Rednock School, Dursley

Amber Clay, Alderman Knight School, Tewkesbury

Ellie Martin, Severnvale School, Gloucester

Skie Smiles, All Saint’s Academy, Cheltenham

Amy Spiller, The Dean Academy, Lydney


Click here for further information about each of our judges


Many congratulations to each of the six winners.  We look forward to seeing you again at the final!

Entrants were asked to submit a recipe for any main course dish, using principally ingredients from the South West of England and those selected for the semi-finals were given 90 minutes to prepare their dish for the judges.

At the final, competitors will need to prepare another main course dish, for two people, using the same principal ingredients as those used for their county semi-final.  This may be the same dish again or an entirely different dish based on the same principal ingredients.



South West Junior Chef 2014, Melissa Johnson, demonstrating at the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink 2015


The final will be held on Saturday 15th October 2016 at Ashburton Cookery School, Ashburton, Devon and will be judged by a selection of chefs that make up our finals judging panel, click here for the full list of judges


A range of great prizes is available for the winner of this class:

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