BUDDING young chef Laura Grazia is hoping it will be third time lucky as she prepares to cook her way to the finals of a prestigious competition.
The 16-year-old Arden Academy student, who runs her own online cooking blog, has just won the local heat of the Future Chef competition and is hoping to sail through to the finals by wowing judges with her creative recipes at the regionals next month.
“It’s the third year I’ve reached the regionals but I have always been runner up so I’m really hoping to win this year. I’m keeping my fingers crossed,” said Laura, from Knowle.
And with the teenager’s mouth watering recipe ideas, she certainly stands a good chance of being crowned the next Future Chef.
For the regionals, the passionate school pupil will be cooking the same recipe that impressed judges in the first round - a stuffed pork fillet with potato rosti and a white wine sauce and a chocolate and raspberry meringue tart with passion fruit sorbet.
“I’m keeping some of the elements that impressed the judges last time but I’ve also stepped it up,” the young chef said.
“It will be really exciting if I get to the finals. It’s quite a big thing, they will be held in London and one of the judges will be chef Brian Turner.”
FutureChef was developed by Springboard, a hospitality charity, as a result of research into young people’s ideas about the hospitality industry.
Judge Daniel Robinson, of Robinson’s Catering, added: “Having judged this competition for many years, the standards were very high.”
You can check out Laura’s blog at http://confessionsofayoungchef.com/