The competition was open to vegetarian and non-vegetarian chefs alike, although the three-course menu entered in the first stage of the competition needed to be suitable for vegetarians or vegans.
“It was a great pleasure competing amongst such enthusiastic young amateur chefs and winning the title of vegetarian Chef of the Future is the most prestigious accolade of my career,” said Ashely. “I was simply overwhelmed at receiving the award after finishing as a runner up in 2011.”
Ashley competed against fellow contestents: Natasha Koncewicz, from Suffolk and Olivia West, from Oxford. He received a fully funded Cordon Vert Professional Diploma course (worth in excess of £1,500), embroidered chef whites and a bottle of champagne.
For more information on the competition and Cordon Vert’s range of professional courses, visit www.cordonvert.co.uk.