“I am ecstatic to have won the regional competition,” said Josh (pictured), who is on a Level 2 Professional Cookery Apprenticeship.
“I thought really carefully about my menu and tried to use what I have learnt as an Apprentice to showcase my skills.
“The competition is such a fantastic way of encouraging young chefs to pursue a career in catering and I have really enjoyed taking part.
“Through the apprenticeship, I am working at Northcote and this opportunity has allowed me to develop my skills within a Michelin starred restaurant, and learn from some of the best chefs in the world.
“I am really looking forward to competing in the North West regional finals at The Manchester College and testing my skills further.”
Lisa Allen, Executive Chef at Northcote and Josh’s mentor, said: “It is a great achievement to win any competition but Future Chef is a fantastic competition as it encourages young students to strive and achieve.
The national Springboard scheme aims to engage and encourage students under 17 to consider a future as a professional chef, challenging students to design, cost and produce a menu within a strict time frame and a £7 budget.
The other two finalists were Ellis King and Saffron Wadee from Our Lady’s Catholic High School, Preston.
Paul Sharples, Industry Links Manager at Blackburn College, added: “The standard of dishes produced at the competition was excellent, with real attention to detail and flavour.
“The young chefs all carried out their tasks in a calm manner and are a credit to their schools and colleges. It was a pleasure to host this heat and we look forward to tracking Josh’ progress through the competition.”
PICTURE (from left): James Holden, Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, Josh Root from Blackburn College and Adam McCovey of Baxter Storey.