Trainee chef from Soham aiming to cook up a storm at catering competition

Finalist Owen Setter, left, with fellow team members Bradley Dorrington and Jenny Beamish Young

Finalist Owen Setter, left, with fellow team members Bradley Dorrington and Jenny Beamish Young - Credit: Archant

A Soham student is part of a team going for gold after winning a place in the finals of the UK Young Restaurant Team of the Year.

Trainee chef Owen Setter, alongside fellow Cambridge Regional College students Jenny Beamish Young and Bradley Dorrington, will cook and serve a meal for four, judged by a team of leading chefs including celebrity chef Cyrus Todiwala, an expert on South Asian cuisine.

They will compete against four other teams in Sheffield next Tuesday, with the results announced at a gala dinner for the top chefs on July 2 – giving the young chefs the chance to shine in front of some of the industry’s biggest names.

Each team consists of two chefs and a waiter, with the students preparing and serving a South Asian-themed dinner. The CRC team has been mentored by Alan Paton, executive chef of Stoke by Nayland hotel in the run-up to the competition.

Owen, 18, a catering and hospitality student at CRC, who lives in Guntons Close, Soham, will be responsible for the main course – a closely guarded secret until the competition. He said winning through to the finals provided a great opportunity for the students to meet leading chefs.

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“I am looking forward to the competition - it is a great chance to get my name out to the industry. I love cooking and my goal is to have my own café and bistro one day,” he said.

The competition, organised by Skills for Chefs, attracted a record number of entries from student chefs across the country.

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