Third time lucky for Golden Apron 2017 winner
5th April 2017
It was third time lucky for York catering student Zacharias Abbott when he took the title of the Golden Apron, Yorkshire’s best young chef.
The teenager, who had entered the competition twice before, reaching the semi-finals the first time and the finals the second, won a package of prizes including the chance to design a range of products which will appear on the shelves of sponsors ASDA next Christmas.
The winner of the fourth Golden Apron, a competition run by the Michelin-starred Pipe and Glass Inn, Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School and JSR Farming Group, was crowned at a recent gala dinner in East Yorkshire
Zacharius Abbott, aged 17, was declared the winner by a panel of judges and the 70-strong audience of invited guests, beating off strong competition from two other finalists.
On being announced as the winner, he said he was ‘thrilled, ecstatic and over the moon’ and had ‘loved every second’ of the competition.
As well as being offered work experience at James Mackenzie’s Pipe and Glass Inn, Zach will also have the opportunity to work with competition sponsors Cranswick plc and Asda, within the new product development team on products such as chilled pre-prepared meals. Following the final, Asda confirmed that Zach’s name will appear on the products they jointly develop.
Previous winners have also been propelled onto great things: Kurtus Auty, who won in 2015, now works in Gordon Ramsay’s Maze restaurant in London, and credits his experience of the Golden Apron with increasing his confidence to pursue something he would never have dreamed of considering before taking part in the competition.
JSR has been involved with the competition since it started in 2013, promoting and supporting the use of local produce, including pork which has featured heavily across the competitors’ dishes through the years. The theme of meat eating quality is also strongly promoted to encourage the young chefs to think about more than just presentation.
Tim Rymer, CEO of JSR, who was one of the judging panel members commented: “The guests were treated to three amazing dishes by the talented finalists. It was the closest one yet, but in the end Zach was a deserving winner.
“He now has a wonderful opportunity to work with Cranswick to develop recipes for Asda, which we expect to see in store this Christmas.”
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