The Golden Apron Awards 2015

Wellocks was proud to sponsor the 2015 Golden Apron Awards, a contest organised by James Mackenzie at The Pipe and Glass in collaboration with The Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School, that aims to find the best young cooking talent in Yorkshire.

For the third year running, the final was held at The Pipe and Glass Inn in the East Riding and hosted by inspiring chef-patron James Mackenzie, who received a Michelin star in 2010 and has retained it ever since.

The Golden Apron is unique as it is carefully crafted and tailored around young people. It is all about finding raw cooking talent, real sparks burning that can be nurtured and developed.

It was very evident that the three finalists – Jemima Harpin, Kurtus Auty and Zacharias Abbott – were all proud to be in the final and to have the opportunity to work in such a great kitchen to create their final dishes with some fantastic products supplied by Wellocks.

The awards evening was spectacular, from welcome drinks and canapés to a video showcasing the young chefs in action earlier on in the day. The highlight was the dishes from the finalists. Each guest was served three individual starter sized mains, one from each contestant: with herb-crusted pork, smoked haddock and braised shin of beef as the leading ingredients.

Shortly afterwards guests were given a voting slip to vote for the dish they thought was the best with Kurtus emerging triumphant for his absolutely fantastic herb-crusted pork, black pudding bon bon and squash purée. James Mackenzie did the honours awarding Kurtus his golden apron and explaining that part of his prize included a job with Asda to work in product development.

Our congratulations to Kurtus and to runners-up Jemima and Zacharias. We wish them all luck in what we know are going to be exciting careers ahead as chefs.

Our congratulations also to The Pipe and Glass and the Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School for a golden example of how the industry can work together to inspire and create a generation of fresh, young chef talent – any one of whom could be the next James Mackenzie in the making.