A Basingstoke chef is challenging young cooking students to prove they’re the best in town.
Landlord and head chef of The Sun Inn, Gordon Stott, is looking to unearth the next young culinary talent as part of his Master Chef competition.
The 25-year-old became one of the youngest people in the country to take on the dual position when he joined the Dummer pub in 2010.
And Gordon is looking to help other youngsters gain a foothold in the industry, by giving three trainee chefs to chance to cook for 30 diners on a budget in order to be named The Sun Inn Master Chef 2016.
He said: “It’s important for aspiring chefs to gain experience while training and see what the industry is like so they are well-prepared.
“Yes, it can be hard work, but it’s also very rewarding and there are a lot opportunities for dedicated individuals.”
Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) student Stephen Naylor won last year’s competition, with a top of the range knife set and a meal for two at a Michelin-starred restaurant to be given to this year’s victor.
A report last year by VisitEngland highlighted a shortage of skilled chefs in the UK, and Gordon is hoping that the contest will help discover more talent.
He added: “Over the years we have employed a number of ex-BCoT students for various roles and we want this to continue.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what this year’s students can do.”
A total of £510 was also raised for charity at last year’s event, with the Ark Cancer Centre Charity being chosen for the showpiece at The Restaurant at BCoT on June 29 this time around.
Charity trustee Merv Rees said: “I am grateful to Gordon and the team at The Sun Inn, and the participating chefs at BCoT, for supporting Ark Cancer Centre Charity through this fine dining event.
“I am sure that those attending will be treated to a marvellous dining experience, and I am confident that their show of support for the food that is served, and the charity, will be reflected in the donations that they make.”
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