A Year 1 VRQ Diploma in Professional Cookery student, Tom Kerridge, recently made it through to the Semi-Final of the Golden Apron Competition, being held at the Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School, and has even received praise from the Celebrity Chef that shares his name.
The Golden Apron Competition is open to young chefs aged 14-19 years in the Yorkshire and Humber regions and aims to find the top young chef of the year. Tutor, Garret Busby, explained:
The idea was for the competitors to cook something based around locally sourced pork to showcase knowledge of food in the area, how to season it, how to cook it correctly and how to present it to a high standard. It was difficult for Tom because it was a different environment for him to be working in, with different equipment. He is still only in his first year and I’m sure this will give him a confidence boost to enter other competitions in the future.
Seventeen-year-old Tom, a former student at Invenio Academy in Scunthorpe, said: “Grimsby Institute gives you first-hand experience of working in the kitchen and is one of the best places to go for cooking. I saw a poster for the competition and wanted to go for it because I’m very passionate about cooking.
I cooked Sous Vide Pork with Fondant Potato and Carrot Puree. I hope to show more of my flair and talent in the future and It’s great to show other colleges the work we do. I even got a tweet from a Celebrity Chef who shares my name, 3 Michelin Starred Chef, Tom Kerridge. It was scary but it was definitely worth it.
Tom will now be spending two months on a placement with the Celebrity Chef next year at his restaurant.