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Winners Announced of the National Final of the Teflon™ Diamond Standard Awards

Young chefs receive life changing Specialised Chefs Scholarship

The Teflon™ Diamond Standard Awards are thrilled to announce the 2018 National Final winners are:

Keen Young Cook (12-16 years) – Sarah Blockley, Brentwood School & Ethan Kirkby, Ermysted’s Grammar School.

Aspiring Student Chef Winner (16-19 years) – Mary Harper, Loughborough College

Keen Home Cooks (aged 17+) – Rosina Watkins, Eastleigh

The Teflon™ Diamond Standard Awards, headline sponsored by Anolon, manufacturer of quality Teflon™ non-stick coated cookware, offers the chance for non-professional cooks to gain recognition for their cooking ability at home and for those attending school and catering college, the opportunity to showcase what they’ve learnt.

The shortlisted finalists from across the UK attended the national cook-off at the Waitrose Cookery School, Finchley Road to cook their signature dishes for the panel of judges. The Keen Young Cooks baked a dish of their choice, the Aspiring Student Chefs cooked a game dish and a signature favourite was cooked by the Keen Home Cooks. The latter two categories also cooked a mystery fish dish from demonstration and prepared a classic Eggs Benedict.

Head judge celebrity chef Lesley Waters was joined by a team of esteemed chefs for the competition including The Pig Group’s James Golding and Bournemouth & Poole College’s Paul Dayman. Joining the panel as a guest judge was last year’s Keen Young Cook winner, Harriet Morgan-Barstow who is thriving in an esteemed and professional environment as an apprentice at the iconic Dorchester Hotel.

The day saw an exceptional standard of cooking from the finalists with an unexpected tie in the Keen Young Cooks category. Both of the Keen Young Cooks winners and the winning Aspiring Student Chef were awarded a prestigious three year Specialised Chefs Scholarship, a life changing opportunity to gain insight into the world of professional catering and even the chance to become one of the country’s finest chefs, training in the best restaurants in the UK along with cash prizes. The Keen Home Cook winner received a bespoke cookery course weekend of their choice. In addition to these prizes, all the winners received bundles of Teflon™ non-stick coated cookware from lead sponsor Anolon along with product from competition sponsors; NoStik and BergHOFF.

 The Teflon™ Diamond Standard Awards has quickly assumed a prominent position, attracting the attention of a prestigious group of sponsors and partners. This year, special guests included Great British Bake Off’s Steven Carter-Bailey and MasterChef’s Juanita Hennessey. With interest growing year on year, the organisers at Dupree Creative are delighted to have already secured some sponsorship for 2019 as it becomes a not to be missed annual calendar event.

About the Teflon™ Diamond Standard Awards

Launched in 2012, the Diamond Standard Awards, sponsored by Teflon™ non-stick coatings is a prestigious, well respected initiative amongst industry leaders that recognises excellence, supporting students to achieve their goal of working as elite chefs in this dynamic industry and gives the chance for non-professional cooks to gain recognition for their cooking ability at home.

For students, this is potentially a life changing opportunity to receive a three-year Specialised Chefs Scholarship, training to become a fully qualified chef. The scholarship is divided into two categories; work based training with a chef member of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts at one of the finest hotels or restaurants in the UK and full time block release tuition at Bournemouth & Poole College. The course is arranged by the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and Teflon™ non-stick coatings, Chemours and managed by The Bournemouth & Poole College.

A team of esteemed judges chaired by Lesley Waters chose their winners at the Waitrose Cookery School in London at a national cook-off on 24 January 2018. 2017’s Aspiring Student Chef winner, Joe Smith is thriving in an esteemed and professional environment as an apprentice at the prestigious hotel, The Ritz and Keen Young Cook winner, Harriet Morgan-Barstow is at the iconic Dorchester Hotel.

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Winning Dishes

Ethan Kirkby – Chocolate Fondant with Salted Caramel Sauce, Brittle and Raspberry Coulis

Sarah Blockley – Raspberry & Pistachio Friands with a Sweet Crème Anglaise Sauce and Tart Raspberry Coulis

Mary Harper – Breast of Pheasant, winter vegetable and parsnip puree, sherry vinegar perlage, port wine jus

Rosina Watkins – Duck Bon Bons, with beetroot mash, glazed carrots, blackberry sauce and crispy veg.


Lesley Waters – Celebrity Chef & Head Judge

Simon Boyle, Founder, Beyond Food Foundation

Paul Dayman, Senior Lecturer, Bournemouth & Poole College

James Ganderton, Winner of the Teflon™ Diamond Standard Awards 2015

James Golding, Chef Director, The Pig Group

Jacks McDonnell, Head Teacher, Lesley Waters Cookery School



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