Cornish teenager declared Young Chef of the Year by Observer
A teenager from St Minver has been declared the best young chef in the UK by a national newspaper.
Georgina Dent won the Young Chef of the Year title at the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2013 ceremony in London last night, co-hosted by the paper’s restaurant critic Jay Rayner and The Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins.
In the past, the title has gone to ambitious individuals who have worked their way up to head chef before they reach 30.
Georgina at just 19, is not a household name, but is well respected amongst big names including Angela Hartnett and Marcus Wareing.
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Currently working at Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Rock, , Georgina asked for a job when she was just 15 and since leaving school at 16 has worked alongside the restaurant’s most experienced chefs.
Marking a first in the history of the awards, edible trophies were created by Heston Blumenthal, who was declared Chef of the Decade at the ceremony, and were presented to all 16 winners on the night.
Since their creation in 2003, The Observer Food Monthly Awards have championed the very best in British food and produce, from independent local producers to the UK’s most admired chefs. Two new categories were introduced this year to reward the best amateur food photographer and best local farmer.
Allan Jenkins, editor of Observer Food Monthly magazine and chair of the judging panel, said: “The amazing transformation in British food in this first decade of the awards shines through in this year’s winners. Whether it’s the small but brilliant L’Enclume in the Lake District winning best restaurant, or a supremely talented female teenage cook in Cornwall beating the big-city, big-money, big-boy chefs, the days of the local food hero are definitely and defiantly here.’’