Young Chef of the Year Winner

If you like sushi, and the prospect of teriyaki chicken with sticky rice excites you, make sure you ask our Year 11 pupil Nadira to prepare it.

She has just been crowned Hammersmith & Fulham Young Chef of the Year 2020, beating a dozen students from six borough schools in the finals stages.

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A judging panel of top chefs was led by Gerrard Madden (Head Culinary Chef at Wembley Stadium, and formerly chef at Fulham FC).

Assisting him were:

  • Andy Needham (Chef Patron at L’Amorosa, Hammersmith)

  • Danny Bowen and Cecily Darling (senior chefs at River Café, Hammersmith)

  • Harvey Trollope (Executive Head Chef at Sam’s Riverside, Hammersmith)

  • Dipna Anand (Director and chef at The Brilliant, Southall)

  • Miranda Greg (nutritionist).

Nadira received the glass trophy as overall winner for her assorted sushi starter and teriyaki chicken main course.

“Fantastic food, fantastic effort – we’re so proud of you,” said Cllr Larry Culhane, H&F Cabinet Member of Children and Education, who watched the finals alongside H&F Mayor, Cllr Daryl Brown.

Gerrard Madden said the overall standard was impressively high. “You gave us a difficult task,” he said. “There are young chefs here who will, if they chose, succeed in the business. Maybe one day we’ll all be eating in their restaurants!”

Prizes included Westfield shopping vouchers, a set of saucepans donated by Westfield, cookbooks donated by River Café and Dipna Anand, and work experience stints in the judges’ kitchens.

The finalists and VIP guests were made lunch by West London College’s catering and hospitality students.

Well done Nadira!