Young chef Maia is a rising star

PUBLISHED: 18:00 27 October 2013

Kings school student Maia English has won South West junior chef of the year. Photo by Terry Ife ref sho 7950-43-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Kings school student Maia English has won South West junior chef of the year. Photo by Terry Ife ref sho 7950-43-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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AN aspiring baker managed to rise to the occasion to see off the competition at a cookery competition judged by some of the region’s top chefs.

Maia's winning dish: caramelised Brixham scallops with celeriac purée and crispy pancettaMaia's winning dish: caramelised Brixham scallops with celeriac purée and crispy pancetta

King’s School student Maia English was named South West Junior Chef of the Year’after she wowed judges with her mouth-watering dish of caramelised Brixham scallops with celeriac purée and crispy pancetta.

Fifteen-year-old Maia beat three other finalists to the top prize, and as part of her reward she will have the chance to work alongside a Michelin-starred chef at one of the country’s top restaurants.

She said: “I’m really pleased to have won and it’ll be a great experience to work with such a respected chef.”

Maia plans to hone her skills by getting some restaurant experience after finishing her GCSEs and hopes to one day own a patisserie of her own.

“I did a lot of practice for the competition at home,” she said. “I’ve been baking since I was 10 and that’s how I got in to cooking - I definitely want to go in to catering as a career.”

Head of catering at The King’s School Deborah Capon said she was very proud of Maia’s commitment to the competition.

She added: “Michael Caines said the standard was incredible and he wished Maia well for the future.”


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