A SCARBOROUGH cooking duo got busy in the kitchen to storm to success in a national competition.
Maddie Woodward and Richard Pawlowski, from Yorkshire College, defied their tender years to impress top food connoisseurs in the semi-final of the Young’s Seafood Chef of the Year contest.
The duo, who are studying a professional chef diploma, beat off stiff competition from rivals including teams from Birmingham, Sheffield, Kendal and Grimsby.
The teams had to produce a three-course meal of six portions and the Scarborough duo’s menu featured a starter comprising gingerbread scampi fries and soft boiled quail eggs.
Their intermediate dish was Whitby crab with a truffled celeriac puree and fresh herbs, with a main course of crisp fried plaice, with infused vegetables and crispy ham, complemented by saffron, bay and butter juices.
Judges Rob Green, who runs Greens Restaurant in Whitby, and Andrew Pern, from The Star Inn, at Harome, pored over the tasty creations before choosing Scarborough’s team as one of the winners.
They will be joined by chefs from Birmingham for the grand final at the Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education in May.
Rob Clark, the college’s hospitality tutor, added: “The team practised non-stop and the judges highlighted the competition proved to be a difficult decision due to the high standard of dishes produced.
“The judges commented on top marks awarded for the menu and competition pack and how the simplicity of flavours combined with the execution of cooking the fish to perfection proved outstanding.
“Maddie and Richard are overwhelmed by the outcome and have been invited to spend the day at The Star Inn with Andrew to practise their signature dishes.”