Belfast student close to tasting success as she seals place in UK-wide cooking finals
A Belfast student has cooked her way into the national finals of the FutureChef 2018 competition.
Amy Jeffers (14) from Methodist College joined other young, aspiring chefs at the Northern Ireland regional final.
They showcased their fantastic cooking, budgeting and time management skills.
Amy served up a menu of Pan Fried Duck Breast, Dauphinoise Potatoes, Vine Roasted Tomatoes and Asparagus served with a Sweet Plum Sauce, and for dessert, Deconstructed Vanilla Cheesecake served with a Berry Compote.
The talented hopefuls began their challenge in November and have already succeeded in previous rounds of the competition as they cooked for a place in this year's final.
On the day of the Northern Ireland finals, Amy reigned supreme, impressing the judges with her winning menu.
Faye Fitzpatrick, a runner-up in the competition and also a pupil at Methodist College, was highly commended for her menu of Thai Fishcakes served with Asian Slaw and a Tangy Lemon Posset for dessert.
FutureChef is a culinary contest delivered in more than 550 schools across the UK.
It is run by the Springboard Charity, which helps the young, the unemployed and those facing barriers to work in sustainable employment in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry.
The main goal of FutureChef is to assist young people who are aged between 12 and 16 to learn the vital life skills of cooking and understanding nutrition, as well as providing invaluable insight into and inspiration for building a career within the hospitality industry.
The 2018 competition will culminate on March 12, with the national final taking place at Westminster Kingsway College in London.