Academy student wins Liverpool FutureChef final

Olivia Armstrong from the Academy of St Francis of Assisi (ASFA) has won the Liverpool final of Springboard’s FutureChef competition.

The competition, held at Hugh Baird College, is a culinary initiative run by The Springboard Charity, aimed at helping young people to learn to cook, explore food and develop a vital life skill.

Year 9 student Olivia served a delicious menu of Confit of Salmon, new potato & crab crush & dill drizzle and Poached Pear with chocolate ganache.

The 14 year old chef beat out four other competitors to take the title and will go on to compete in the regional final on 6 February 2017.

The Academy of St Francis of Assisi is a huge promoter of life skills and the FutureChef competition works in conjunction with the national curriculum. Not only does the competition promote an important life skill, but also addresses the skills shortage facing the hospitality sector.

Tracey Greenough, head of school at ASFA, says: “Olivia’s win is a testament to not only her talent as a chef, but to her hard work and commitment to her food technology lessons.

“I am so proud of Olivia’s achievement and the achievement of all of the staff in the food technology department. Well done to all involved, the whole school will be cheering Olivia on in the regional finals!”

Gareth Billington, head judge at FutureChef and executive chef at Everton Football Club says: “The standard was so high today and it was a close competition, but Olivia showed excellent workmanship, creativity and presentation with a good balance of flavours.”

Olivia adds: “I’m so surprised and didn’t expect to win, but can’t wait for the regional final”.

The competition will culminate on 27th March 2017, with the national final taking place at Westminster Kingsway College in London.