The Potato Council has picked ten talented young chefs to take part in the grand final of the Great Potato Challenge 2009.
Student chefs from across the UK were asked to create a recipe for a main meal that used potatoes in an innovative way, whilst displaying their knowledge of different potato varieties, as well as varying tastes, textures and cooking methods that best suit them.
The ten finalists will now compete for the title at a live cook-off final on 23 February, where prizes of £500, £300 and £200 will be awarded to first, second and third places respectively.
Heike Kroemer, Potato Council marketing executive, said: “We want to get young chefs thinking more about potatoes and what they can offer to different meal solutions. While chips dominate the foodservice sector, such a versatile and cost effective ingredient can really add value to any kitchen.
“We were delighted to receive so many well thought out and inspirational potato-based recipes. It is clear that there is some great enthusiasm and ideas coming through the younger generation, as demonstrated by our finalists.”
The ten finalists appearing in the live cook-off are:
Ross Waite, Basingstoke College
Kallaya Smillie, Ayr College
Rosie Mason, Barnfield College
Jamie Cooper, Canterbury College
Jack Rawlings, Westminster Kingsway College
Chris Price, Swansea College
Robert Gibson, Radbrook College
Angela Anderson, Adam Smith College
Dan Chalenor, University College Birmingham
Lison Deham, Hastings College