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Junior chef competition heats up as final approaches

Six youngsters set to cook-off in the final of an annual contest

Junior Chef of the Year 2017 Tiana Dhorajia
Last year's winner Tiana Dhorajia. Photo credit: Sarah Salotti

Six Leicestershire youngsters have two weeks to sharpen their culinary skills after being shortlisted for the finals of the Junior Chef of the Year competition.

The primary school pupils cooked their way through to the final stage of the annual our school food services contest, having battled more than 40 contestants to get their hands on the coveted prize.

The super six will now take to the kitchen for the last time on Thursday, 7 June, at Leicester College, to be crowned the 2018 Junior Chef of the Year. They are:

  • Isabella Rackham-Sayer of St Hardulph’s Primary School, Derby;
  • Alfie Jimminson of Wymeswold Primary School, Loughborough;
  • Harry Haggerwood of Kegworth Primary School, Kegworth;
  • Florence Green of Kibworth Primary School, Kibworth;
  • Alfie Bradley of Greenfield Primary School, Countesthorpe; and
  • Avani Varu of The Hall School, Glenfield.

I would like to congratulate all of our young chefs who have taken part in the competition so far.

“All the chefs involved have done really well to reach the finals and we’re really looking forward to see what they can create, in what’s sure to be an exciting finale to the competition.


The young chefs will have to prepare their two-course meals against the clock before submitting them for judging by an expert panel including Andy Greasley, a former contestant on MasterChef: The Professionals.


I entered this competition because I enjoy cooking new meals and experimenting with different recipes. I also love watching my family cooking new and unusual dishes for tea.

“All the other cooks are great and I am very lucky to have been chosen for the final. It’s been a great experience so far.


The competition has been running for four years and is gaining momentum each year with hundreds of entries to date.

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