Ready Steady Cook
Emanuele Ciafardini, a talented chef apprentice at Blue Apple’s Tata Technologies operation in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, has won the Young Chef Award at the Association of Catering Excellence (ACE) Ready Steady Cook competition.
Teams of two competitors were given 30 minutes to plan and cook a main course and a dessert, with Emanuele partnering with Alex Lovell, chef manager for Blue Apple at Tata, to create treacle glazed pork fillet with butternut fondants, caramelised shallots, pickled beetroot and a red wine sauce, followed by stem ginger cake with roasted pear, blackberry sauce and a honey cream.
The award follows last year’s win by Felicia Amofah who is also with Blue Apple.
Speaking at the event Emanuele said:
“It was an amazing experience for me and I’m so happy to have been paired with Alex on the night. We work so well together at Tata and so it really helped me to relax and to focus on the cooking at the event. This has made me even more confident that cooking is the career path I want to follow and I am so excited about the opportunity to work with Adam Handling at Frog (Covent Garden) as part of the prize.”
“This is amazing news for Emanuele, who has approached his new role in the kitchen with the same passion he has for making great coffee. He has shown great promise from day one and to win Young Chef at his first ever competition is testament to the hard work he puts in for Tata every day. Blue Apple has always been keen to drive its apprenticeship scheme forward and wins such as these add to the belief that the way we are approaching them is having a really positive impact.”