A talented young chef from a traditional village pub cooked up a winning menu to win the top prize in a high profile, professional cooking competition.
Michael Moughton, 18, has worked at The Star at Sancton for a year, where he has been encouraged to develop his skills under the watchful eye of head chef and owner Ben Cox.
He recently battled it out in the final of the Hull and East Yorkshire Copper Saucepan Award 2014, an annual competition for apprentice chefs that’s now in its eighth year. The contest aims to showcase the region’s most talented young chefs, and entrants were asked to design and create a three-course menu that made use of fresh local produce.
Following a series of fiercely contested heats, a final cook-off took place at Beverley Food Festival. Michael wowed the judges with a menu featuring wild sea trout with samphire, a fennel salad, smoked mayonnaise and a lemon caper butter sauce, and a banana claufoutis with malted cream, and chocolate and caramelized banana with vanilla, claiming the top spot.
He was delighted to be named overall winner, and said: “I was really nervous, but really enjoyed myself and it was amazing to win.”
Ben Cox commented: “I’m really pleased for Michael because I know how much thought, planning and preparation went into his winning menu. This is fantastic recognition for him, and for The Star.”