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Campaign Fronted By Michelin Chef Jean-Christophe Novelli Starts To Unearth Future Young Chefs In NI

Published on Nov 1 2021 9:46 AM in Food tagged: Trending Posts / Springboard / Jean-Christophe Novelli / Henderson Foodservice / FutureChef Northern Ireland / FutureChef

Campaign Fronted By Michelin Chef Jean-Christophe Novelli Starts To Unearth Future Young Chefs In NI

A campaign fronted by multi-Michelin-starred Jean-Christophe Novelli has started to unearth future young chefs in Northern Ireland. As reported by The Irish News, as the head judge of FutureChef No...

A campaign fronted by multi-Michelin-starred Jean-Christophe Novelli has started to unearth future young chefs in Northern Ireland.

As reported by The Irish News, as the head judge of FutureChef Northern Ireland, Novelli will oversee the development of young chefs aged from 12 to 16 years old across different stages of a competition run by UK hospitality charity Springboard and backed by Henderson Foodservice.

FutureChef is reportedly the biggest schools-based culinary competition in the UK, with young people reportedly competing in four different stages from now until March of 2022 including school heats, local finals, and regional finals before culminating at a national final in London next year.

Springboard reportedly says that it is aiming to get 10,000 young people trained, ready and into work by December of 2022.

Novelli Statement

Novelli, who reportedly met with a group of FutureChef alumni at his flagship restaurant in the AC Hotel Belfast to mark his first appearance as head judge of the Northern Ireland competition, reportedly said, "It's a privilege to have the opportunity to work with, and mentor, young chefs who will ultimately go on to do great things in the industry. Programmes like FutureChef are vital in terms of putting culinary arts and hospitality on the map for young people kick-starting their careers.

"I look forward to sharing my advice, knowledge and skills to ultimately encourage more people into the industry. I'm excited to be part of this journey and to witness the young talent coming through - and it gives me a bit of déjà vu to when I was starting out."

Henderson Sales Director Statement

Henderson Sales Director Kiera Campbell reportedly said, "We have weathered the storm alongside our hospitality colleagues throughout the dual challenges of Brexit and COVID-19 and now we're encouraging the next generation to step forward, build their skills and get their first taste of being part of this thriving sector.

"Northern Ireland has such a rich tapestry of food suppliers, growing fresh ingredients right on our doorstep. We have produced some of the top chefs in the UK, and we have no doubt there are more waiting in the wings to step into the limelight. We're excited to get the competition going, nurture the entrants through the heats and get a first taste of our future star chefs."

Winner Of The 2020 FutureChef Regional Final In Northern Ireland Statement

Winner of the 2020 FutureChef regional final in Northern Ireland Oìsìn Gates reportedly said, "Competing in this competition provides you with a 360 degree view of the hospitality industry and the many different career paths you can take.

"Luckily for me, I was also able to gain insights from some of the most well-respected chefs in Northern Ireland, including Paula McIntyre and James Devine.

"Now, after such a valuable experience, I want to go to university to help fulfil my ambitions of becoming a dietician or nutritionist. FutureChef has helped me realise these ambitions, which I didn't know I had previous to entering the competition."

Registration Deadline And More Details

The deadline to register for FutureChef competition in Northern Ireland is reportedly Friday November 12, and more details can reportedly be found at https://futurechef.uk.net/information-registration/students-and-competitors/.

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