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Young chef gets rewarded for cookery skills

PUBLISHED: 16:05 09 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:14 12 August 2010

A STUDENT was handed an award by celebrity chef James Martin after winning a cook off competition. Anna Oluwalana, of Coopers Technology College in Chislehurst, beat five other students with her Lamb flatbread with rocket and feta salad drizzled with yog

A STUDENT was handed an award by celebrity chef James Martin after winning a cook off competition.

Anna Lipski, of Coopers Technology College in Chislehurst, beat five other students with her spicy minced lamb wrap accompanied by sweet carrot salad and beetroot with garlic yoghurt.

Winning the London heat of the Quality Standard beef and lamb Young Chef Competition, she was named the Young Chef Champion at the event last Thursday.

A record number of entries rolled in from across the country with only 40 finalists selected to take part in six cook offs around the country.

Participants, who were between 11 and 16-years-old, were asked to submit their own original, nutritious and creative recipes using beef and lamb mince costing under £10, together with a photograph of the finished dish.

Finalists were given one hour to cook the dish which was judged on originality, nutrition and presentation by Saturday Kitchen chef James Martin.

James Martin said: "We were thoroughly impressed with Anna's recipe. All the contestants were passionate and knowledgeable and it was a difficult choice. The great thing about this challenge is it encourages youngsters to really think about their food."

kate.mead@archant.co.uk

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