Kitchen contest win for Potters Bar girl

February 28, 2017 by  

An aspiring chef who lives in Potters Bar is enjoying the sweet taste of success, after winning a recent cookery competition organised by Oaklands College.

Sophie Lotinga is 14 years old and attends Dame Alice Owen’s School, located on Dugdale Hill Lane. She opted to make a white chocolate mint mousse, with the results impressing the judging panel – some of whom were professional chefs.

The Young Chef of the Year competition attracted 26 pupils from the Hertfordshire area. The college’s Smallford campus served as the venue for the final, with every entrant having to submit their favoured recipe and then prepare it within one hour.

Among the judges were Lussmans restaurant chain head chef, Nick McGeown, the head chef for Oaklands College, Martin West, and the Mayor of St Albans, Frances Leonard. Sophie’s prizes were one day of work experience, vouchers worth £150 and a trophy engraved with her name.

Speaking to the Welwyn Hatfield Times, she stated that:

“Cooking has always been one of my passions and I’m thrilled to have won today, I can’t believe it. I am currently in Year 10 so I am not sure what I want to do after school but art and food technology are my favourite subjects.”

Those organising competitions like this often use places that offer colour copying to provide them with the posters needed to promote them.