This week Laleham Gap saw the culmination of their ‘Young Chef of the Year.’ After 3 weeks of amazing cooking, almost 30 Year 9 entrants were whittled down to 7 finalists.


“Those 7 finalists cooked their hearts out ”explained Kay Johnson, Head of Food Technology at the school. Last year had been the inaugural year of the competition and it was called ‘Bake Off.’ This year Kay set them the challenge of creating their best French cuisine and called it ‘Laleham Gap Young Chef of 2018’.

Just like in Masterchef the finalists had the pressure of cooking for an expert panel of judges (including last year’s winner, the Headteacher, and the School Chef!). It was an intense 4-hour effort. The range of dishes produced was amazing. There was French cheesecake (which alongside soft cheese incorporated brie!); Fench style chicken with peas and bacon; crème Brulee; French madeleines, Pistou soup, and even a Buch de Noel.

After the cooking came the eating, and the judges had a feast. Indeed, Headteacher, Les Milton said “Once again our young students have surpassed themselves. I would happily pay restaurant prices for what I have eaten today. The children, and the staff for helping them get their, deserve the highest of praise. It was such a difficult choice choosing an overall winner.” With difficulty, a winner was finally chosen.

However, Kay Johnson stated “They were all winners. Obviously the finalists, but all those who entered too. I am so proud of them all. I am proud of the progress they have made. Since they started this journey in Year 7 I have seen them blossom to the point where they independently cook like this. They have gained so much confidence.”

Mr. Milton added “As well all of the children I have to thank Ms. Johnson and her teaching assistant Eirween Aherne who put so many hours of their own time and expertise into making this event such a sparkling success. They epitomise the great dedication our staff have here at Laleham Gap.”

In light of this, all entrants will be receiving a chef’s hat and certificate. The 7 finalists will additionally receive an apron and other goodies. The overall winner will also get the now prestigious annual trophy. That trophy is now at the engravers with 7 very excited finalists awaiting the next assembly on Friday 25th June to see who gets it. Our magazine will, of course, cover that announcement.

We will then wait and see how Laleham Gap chefs can top this next year!


Thank you Laleham Gap for sending us such a brilliant press release. How wonderful, what an opportunity for you all, did you like the French Cusine? The French Cheesecake sounds amazing I love Brie. We are looking forward to sharing news and photos of the winner later in the month.