‘Golden’ boy is crowned best young chef

A teenager from Stamford Bridge has been crowned Yorkshire’s best young chef.

Zach Abbott, 17, won this year’s Golden Apron competition at the prestigious cooking event and won a chance to design a range of products which will appear on the shelves ASDA next Christmas.

James Mackenzie, Adam Rothery, Zach Abbott, Joseph Lees, Mark Richmond, ASDA innovations development chef

James Mackenzie, Adam Rothery, Zach Abbott, Joseph Lees, Mark Richmond, ASDA innovations development chef

Tasked with cooking a main course to feed 70 people using locally sourced ingredients, the 17-year-old’s dish shone.

He served juniper-rolled Yorkshire venison with fondant potatoes, carrot, parsnip, rhubarb and ginger with a port and cranberry source.

The York College student has entered the event before, making it to the semi-final and final in previous years.

He said: “I want to thank everyone. Last night my mum and dad were over the moon for me, everyone at college are happy for me and my social media was going crazy.”

The former Archbishop Holgate’s pupil started cooking aged 12 and now hopes to work his way up to eventually owning his own restaurant.

Zach, who works part time at Middlethorpe Hall, said: “I know this competition will open plenty of doors and give me lots of opportunities to get experience.”

His mother Joanne said: “We are extremely proud. Since the age of seven or eight he has had an interest in cooking. he has always known what he wanted to do.”

The Golden Apron is run by James Mackenzie, the chef/owner of the Michelin-starred Pipe and Glass, and the Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School and farming company JSR.

It is sponsored by ASDA and Cranswick plc and is open to young chefs aged between 14 and 19 from across the county. James Mackenzie said: “This year’s result was the closest it’s ever been – the standard was just brilliant.”