We are thrilled to say Moraine Pepper, a junior chef at The Northgate, Bury St Edmunds, was crowned Suffolk's Young Chef of the year at the 2019 EAT Suffolk Food and Drink Awards.
Moraine's journey to achieve this award began at the start of the year when she was encouraged and supported by Head Chef Greig Young to enter the competition and submit a two-course menu for the judges to review.
The next stage of the competition was a live cook off! The judges were looking for knowledge of techniques and ingredients, imagination, excellence in execution and the ability to work under pressure. A challenge that Moraine not only rose to but thoroughly enjoyed.
Moraine created four covers of her two beautiful dishes with a strict budget of £9.00 to work with.
Pakenham wholemeal puff pastry vol-au-vent, mushrooms, pickles, nettle puree, parsley oil and poached local duck egg.
RHUBARB, CHAMPAGNE & HIBISCUS
Local rapeseed oil sponge, champagne and hibiscus jelly, poached rhubarb, honey and orange diplomat.
After successfully completing the heat stages Moraine was selected by the judges to be one of four finalists. Moraine and her fellow finalists were invited to the awards ceremony at Kesgrave Hall. On the night Moraine won the title of Suffolk Young Chef of the year in front of an audience of inspirational industry colleagues, team members and Philip Turner our Founder and Managing Director.
''Recognising, supporting and developing talent across the business is our number one priority. Watching Moraine collect her well-deserved “Young Chef of the year” award is a high point for me personally, and our business as we strive to provide an environment for our team to learn, progress and succeed. We are very proud of Moraine’s achievement and grateful to Head Chef Greig Young for his mentoring through the process.’’ Philip Turner.
What does the future hold for our Young Chef of the Year? As a testament to Head Chef, Greig Young’s team focused and talent nurturing mentality, Moraine plans to continue developing her craft at The Northgate with a focus on pastry.