Chef loses out in tough final

Golden Apron finalists Jemma Harpin, Kurtis Auty and Zacharias Abbot.
Golden Apron finalists Jemma Harpin, Kurtis Auty and Zacharias Abbot.

A catering student from the Pocklington area was pipped at the post at the finals of the Golden Apron award.

Zacharias Abbot, 16, from Stamford Bridge, who is a Level 2 Professional Cookery student at York College, had made it to the last three but was eventually beaten by Kurtus Auty, from Selby.

It was a keenly-fought final at the Pipe and Glass Inn at South Dalton, near Beverley.

The competition, now in its third year, is run by James Mackenzie, chef/owner of the Michelin-starred Pipe and Glass, and the Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School and farming company JSR, both based at Southburn.

The trio of talented teenagers cooked their own pork dish and a pudding recipe supplied by James at the semi-final, held at the Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School last month.

James Mackenzie said: “I’m very passionate about bringing young people into the industry. The standard this year was brilliant – I’m sure I couldn’t cook this well at their age!”

Mark Richmond said: “I can’t believe the quality and standard of cooking from these young chefs.”