‘Bream’ ticket to cookery finals

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A STUDENT has beaten other competition to reach the regional finals in a cooking contest.

Levi Spence, who is in year 11 at William Parker Sports College, got through to the latest heat in the FutureChef competition.

He won his college heat and then went on to win the East Sussex stage at Sussex Coast College last Monday (December 5). Levi cooked fillet of sea bream on a bed of leeks and samphire, served with buttered carrots and parmentier potatoes, followed by a raspberry ripple cheesecake.

He said: “I’m really happy I got through to the next round and I hope I do as well. The competition was challenging but fun to do. It gave me the opportunity to try different methods of preparation, such as filleting fish, and to try new ingredients, such as samphire, which I hadn’t used before.

“I would like a career as a chef as I enjoy working with food. I especially like eating what I cook.”

The teenager will go on to compete at the South East FutureChef Regional Final which will be held in Hampshire in February.

He will be mentored by Andrew Wilson, executive chef at the Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club.

Jenny O’Connor, learning leader for design technology, said: “Levi has done exceptionally well to get through to the regional finals. He is a talented young man with the potential to have a good career in hospitality and catering. I would like to wish him all the best in the next round.”