Catering student Leo cooks up a winning dinner
A Cardiff and Vale College student and aspiring chef has made it through to the regional finals of the prestigious FutureChef competition.
Leo Hacker will now go on to the regional final which will take place in Neath in the New Year. The 16-year-old Pathways to Apprenticeships Vocational Diploma chef only programme student from Cardiff had to produce a main course and dessert with a set budget in one and a half hours.
Leo wowed the judges with his fish dish featuring sustainable pollock, butternut squash and curly cale with a blackberry Bakewell and white chocolate accompaniment for dessert. He will now adapt his menu slightly for the regional final in February as the budget will be slightly bigger.
CAVC Chef Lecturer Kevin Fairlie said: “I’m very, very pleased for Leo – he was under a lot of pressure and performed really well and I had to step back and let him get on with it. It is always difficult to watch one of your own students going through such stress. He did really well and we are both now looking to see how he can improve for the regional final.”
If Leo is successful in the February round of the competition, he will go on to the National Finals that will be held in London in March and judged by a panel of celebrity chefs.
FutureChef is organised by catering sector skills council Springboard UK. CAVC’s Vale training restaurant, the Glamorgan Suite, has been hosting heats of the competition for eight years.