Young chefs invited to enter the Golden Apron cooking competition

PUBLISHED: 00:00 07 October 2015

James Mackenzie, last year's winner Georgie Smithson-Brown and Mark Richmond in the kitchens at the Pipe and Glass Inn

James Mackenzie, last year's winner Georgie Smithson-Brown and Mark Richmond in the kitchens at the Pipe and Glass Inn

Steve Hall

Would-be chefs are invited to take on a tough culinary challenge

The search is on for the county’s best young chef led by Yorkshire Michelin-starred chef James Mackenzie. He is inviting teenage chefs to compete for the coveted title of the Golden Apron 2015.

Three finalists will cook alongside James at his awarding-winning dining pub The Pipe and Glass Inn, South Dalton and the winner will be given a work placement with leading food suppliers based in Hull, Cranswick PLC working on an ASDA supermarket account with their new product development team.

The Golden Apron is open to young chefs living in Yorkshire and aged between 14 and 19 years old. They will be asked to create a dish using locally sourced pork as a core ingredient, working within a budget of £10 for two servings, and taking under two hours to cook.

The best eight entries will then be invited to a day at the Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School and asked to cook for a panel of judges from the school, the sponsors, and James Mackenzie. They will cook their own creation in the morning, and a dish set by James in the afternoon.

Three young cooks will then get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be mentored for a day and cook alongside James and his team for a gala dinner at the Pipe and Glass Inn; each finalist will prepare three starter-sized main course dishes for 70 guests. One contestant will then be named as The Golden Apron 2015.

Last year’s winner was Georgie Smithson-Brown, from Hornsea, then 14, who said: ‘My love of food and confidence to create new dishes has grown as a result of being involved in the competition. Working alongside James Mackenzie was the icing on the cake. I would urge any young person in Yorkshire who has a desire to cook to enter the Golden Apron this year.’

James Mackenzie said this was a great opportunity for youngsters across the county to work with some great local produce and show what can be achieved.

Marcus Hoggarth, sales and marketing director at Cranswick, added: ‘This is a hugely enjoyable competition to be involved in which is why we’ve committed to a third year as sponsor. The quality, innovation and composure demonstrated by the young chefs under massive pressure continue to amaze every one of us.’

Sponsors include the Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School and farming company JSR, both based at Southburn, near Driffield, East Yorkshire.

The deadline for entries is Monday, October 12th 2015. w

For further information and to enter The Golden Apron 2015 challenge go to

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