Welwyn Hatfield reveals Young Chef of the Year winner
He competed against eight other year five pupils from Welwyn Hatfield primary schools at Ridgeway Academy on 7 February.
The award, developed by The Food Teacher Team, aims to improve children’s long-term health by educating them about healthy food and nutrition.
Lucas chose his mum as his ‘hero’ and designed his menu with her in mind. He produced a three-course menu of vegetable and vermicelli soup, Thai salmon with quinoa and honey glazed carrots and a dessert of honey crumble served with whipped cream.
Claire Woods, Lucas’ class teacher, said: “From start to finish the process of the Young Chef award was a brilliant experience for the children. They loved learning new skills and preparing a variety of different foods.
“As a teacher I found the project well resourced and very organised and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience - we will definitely take part again.”
Lucas won a days experience working with head chef Andrew Parkinson at The Grove Hotel, the Welwyn Hatfield Young Chef of the Year 2020 trophy and a selection of recipe books.
Judge Harry Lomas (MBE) was impressed with the finalists, he commented: “All the children were fantastic and many of the dishes I would add to my menus. It was a challenge finding a winner but Lucas stood out for the quality of his food, the balance on his plate and his independence throughout the afternoon.”