COLESHILL School is celebrating after student Tom Hollick came second in the regional finals of the Future Chef 2012 competition at Worcester College.
Four schools from the Midlands made it through to the finals after weeks of planning, cooking and presenting their menus in various heats.
Tom, who is a Year 11 student at the Business and Enterprise Academy, was put forward for the contest by his catering teacher, Head of Design and Technology Mrs Johnson, knowing that he could produce a winning dish on a budget of just £6.
The menu, which had to be a meal for two, was a mouth-watering pork steak with a potato, apple and red onion bake followed by a pudding of orange and lemon layer cream crumble.
Tom said: “It was a really good experience but didn’t think I had a chance as the others’ dishes looked so posh. It was a shock to come second.”
The competition which involved nearly 8,000 students from over 700 schools around the country also has 1,000 top chefs judging and scrutinising the dishes of the young cooks.
“It was very nerve-racking waiting in the Worcester College canteen as the students competed to be the Future Chef 2012,” said Mrs Johnson.
“When we were called back in I was amazed at how fantastic all the dishes looked and knew it would be a close contest.
“I was so proud when they named Tom as the runner-up.”