Continental Chef Supplies has sponsored this year’s North East Culinary & Trade Association (NECTA) Future Chef competition, which recognises up and coming catering students in its local region.

The final took place over 2 days at Newcastle Racecourse from 27-28 April, with Lee McKinnell from Gateshead College being victorious.

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He won a 1-week residential trip to Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir to work alongside some of the biggest names in the culinary world, as well as a host of other prizes.

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Ahead of the main event, the finalists from colleges across the area met with fellow competitors, local hospitality sponsors, suppliers and businesses at the first ever launch event for the contest, held at Raval luxury restaurant in Newcastle.

Antony Ward, marketing manager at Continental Chef Supplies, said: “We are thrilled to sponsor and provide our ongoing support to the NECTA Future Chef competition.

“It’s great to see so many businesses coming together and supporting the next generation of our hospitality industry and we’re looking forward to growing and evolving Future Chef from strength to strength.”

Douglas Jordan, NECTA chairman added: “This is a life changing opportunity for these ambitious young chefs to compete against one another to showcase their culinary skills, as well as develop their skills and create an invaluable platform for their future careers within the hospitality and catering industry and we will be behind them all the way.

“This is not just a competition; it’s an ongoing relationship between us and the students.”