Continental Chef Supplies-sponsored competition finds young talent

Continental Chef Supplies’ Sophie Hardy presents NECTA Future Chef winner Calum Bell with his certificate.

Light equipment supplier Continental Chef Supplies crowned this year’s North East Culinary and Trade Association (NECTA) Future Chef earlier this month during the annual NECTA Salon Culinaire.

At Newcastle Racecourse, Newcastle College student Calum Bell won the competition, where culinary students were given one hour to create two identical rabbit dishes.

The Level 3 student was mentored by professional chefs at the Michelin Starred House of Tides, Newcastle. Second place went to Middlesbrough College’s Ben White (mentored by Tommy Banks at 1* The Black Swan) and 3rd place was awarded to Josh Lee from Leeds City College (mentored at Cux Culinary).

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The full capacity competition welcomed eight finalists from across the North East and Yorkshire. The finalists even battled the elements, with the electricity supply cutting out not once, but twice during the competition.

Continental Chef Supplies’ marketing co-ordinator Sophie Hardy, said: “We’d like to extend our congratulations to Calum, the other finalists, the tutors and mentors for all of their fantastic efforts.

“The judges commented that the standard of dishes was the highest it’s ever been and every student should be extremely proud of themselves – it was incredibly close and it just goes to show what amazing young culinary talent we have to celebrate in our region”.

Bell will receive two residential trips to Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir and Scotland’s Blackaddie as prizes, working alongside some of the biggest names in the culinary world, as well as a host of other prizes.

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