Pudding up a winning fight

Wakefield chef and WGHS pupil Philippa Lister, winner of The Golden Apron 2013
Wakefield chef and WGHS pupil Philippa Lister, winner of The Golden Apron 2013
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A young chef served up a winning treat at a national cookery competition.

Phillipa Lister, 15, was crowned Yorkshire’s Best Young Chef, at The Golden Apron cookery competition last month.

The Wakefield Girls’ High School pupil wowed judges with her dessert of Yorkshire tea panna cotta, with rhubarb and parkin, Terry’s chocolate orange brownie with crystallised white rose petals and Yorkshire curd and sloe gin ice cream.

She and fellow finalists Gemma Lawrence, 15, from Doncaster and Josh Whitehead, 18, from Leeds, each had to cook a different course for 70 VIPs, which were voted on by diners and judges.

Phillipa said: “I have always been passionate about local food and cooking, but I have learnt so much over the last few months. I have realised just how much work goes into designing a dish and then translating it into something that can be served in a restaurant.

The competition was created by James Mackenzie, Michelin star chef and owner of the Pipe and Glass Inn in South Dalton, where the event was held.

Phillipa said: “Cooking in a real kitchen with James Mackenzie was an absolute dream come true. I still can’t believe I have won. Gemma and Josh were both excellent contenders. I am on cloud nine.”

Philippa’s prize was to be mentored by James Mackenzie and a work placement with Cranswick PLC.

She also won a golden apron and a signed copy of Mr Mackenzie’s book.