Golden Apron: hunt is on

Oliver Robinson and Georgie Smithson-Brown in the Pipe and Glass kitchen with James Mackenzie cookoing during last year's final of The Golden Apron

Oliver Robinson and Georgie Smithson-Brown in the Pipe and Glass kitchen with James Mackenzie cookoing during last year's final of The Golden Apron

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The chef/owner of one of Yorkshire’s six Michelin-starred restaurants is searching for the county’s best young chef.

James Mackenzie of the Pipe and Glass Inn at South Dalton has teamed up with the Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School and farming company JSR, both based at Southburn, near Driffield, to invite teenage chefs to compete for the coveted title of the Golden Apron 2015.

The competition is sponsored by food suppliers Cranswick plc and ASDA.

The three finalists will cook alongside James Mackenzie at The Pipe and Glass Inn, the Good Pub Guide’s National Dining Pub of the Year for 2015, and the winner will be given a work placement with Cranswick plc, working on the ASDA account with their new product development team. The Golden Apron is open to young chefs in Yorkshire and aged between 14 and 19, who are being asked to create a dish using locally sourced pork as a core ingredient, working within a budget of £10 for two servings, and taking under two hours to cook.

The best eight entries will then be invited to a day at the Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School on Saturday October 24 and asked to cook for a panel of judges from the school, the sponsors, and James Mackenzie. They will cook their own creation in the morning, and a dish set by James in the afternoon. Three young cooks will then get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be mentored for a day and cook alongside James and his team for a gala dinner at the Pipe and Glass Inn; each finalist will prepare three starter-sized main course dishes for 70 guests.

One contestant will then be named as The Golden Apron 2015. Last year’s winner was Georgie Smithson-Brown, from Hornsea, then 14, who says: “My love of food and confidence to create new dishes has grown as a result of being involved in the competition. Working alongside James Mackenzie was the icing on the cake.”

James Mackenzie said: “This is a great opportunity for youngsters across the county to work with some great local produce and show what can be achieved.” To enter The Golden Apron visit www.thegoldenapron.co.uk – the deadline for entries is Monday October 12. For more food and drink news visit Yorkshire food and drink online.