Greens to Gourmet’ Cookery Challenge 2016 heats up as the finalists are announced. 04 - Oct - 2016

We are delighted to announce that the finalists for our ‘Greens to Gourmet’ Cookery Challenge 2016 have now been chosen! Several secondary school pupils throughout Birmingham and the surrounding region will be putting their cooking skills to the test after months of preparation. The successful finalists will go head-to-head at the Harborne Food School on Wednesday 12th October in front of an expert panel of judges, to which we are once again honoured to welcome award-winning Chef Director, Luke Tipping, from Birmingham’s top Michelin-star restaurant, Simpsons.

Following the success of last year’s competition, won by 14-year-old Tre Whitelock from Wheelers Lane Technology College in Kings Heath, this year’s finalists will also prepare a range of dishes to showcase their talent and passion for cooking. The shortlisted dishes include Jamaican Jerk salmon patties on a bed of roasted vegetables to lamb & feta-stuffed roast red peppers with Caribbean coconut rice, peas and roasted butternut squash puree.

The winning chef will get the opportunity to spend a morning at the Simpsons Cookery School for a personal mentoring session with Luke, as well as receiving a family meal for four at Simpsons.
Speaking of his involvement with the competition, Luke said: “I’m delighted to be supporting Busy Bees Training Academy’s Greens to Gourmet cookery competition again this year and helping to inspire talented young cooks in Birmingham to pursue a career in the kitchen.”

Also on the judging panel is Colin Diamond, Interim Executive Director of Education at Birmingham City Council, Paul Fulford, Birmingham Restaurant Critic, and last year’s winner, Tre Whitelock.

Sharing his experience of taking part in the competition, Tre said: “Taking part in the Greens to Gourmet competition made me believe in myself in a way that I hadn’t before; it inspired me to pursue my passion for cooking and meeting Luke really made me see what it takes to be a great chef.”
Fay Gibbin, the Training Manager at Busy Bees Training Academy, is looking forward to build on last year’s competition. Fay commented:

“The raw talent demonstrated by the entrants last year was truly remarkable and we can’t wait to see the level of creativity that the entrants bring to the competition this year. We would like to thank Luke and the team at Simpsons for their involvement so far, as well as the other members of the judging panel and Harborne Food School for providing a fantastic venue for the final.

The competition starts at 10am at the Harborne Food School on Wednesday 12th October, followed by a presentation and announcement of the winners at 12pm. For more information, contact the Busy Bees Training academy.”