We are proud to announce that Andrew Postlethwaite has made it through to the finals of Essential Cuisine's North West Young Chef of the Year.
The challenge was to cook up a three course meal for two using North West produce costing up to £25 for a panel of judges, including competition organiser and British Masterchef Brian Mellor.
Andrew follows in the footsteps of last years winner, Martin Frickel who also worked at the hotel.
Rainbow trout, pickled cockles, beetroot and samphire
Tasting of wild rabbit, butternut squash, Blackcoombe ham and wild garlic
Rhubarb, Curthwaite goats cheese and Grasmere gingerbread cheesecake
Andrew was even at Bessy Beck Trout Farm when the fish was caught the day before the competition - now that's commitment to good local produce!
Andrew will now go on to the North West Young Chef of the Year 2010 final in June and pit his wits against the heat winners from Lancashire, Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire.
The champion will be crowned in front of regional producers, food writers and top chefs and receive a week long bursary in a top European restaurant with mentoring from an accomplished chef. They will also win a weekend for two at a luxury hotel and a set of chefs’ knives.