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Aspiring Chef of the Year Lunch

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Enjoy a lunch fit for a banquet created by the winners of the Aspiring Chef of the Year 2019  

Experience a four course lunch created by the most aspirational chefs in the North East and get the chance to vote for your favourite dish to crown one of the chefs the ‘Champion of Champions!’ 

The opportunity to showcase the winning dishes at this special lunch will be the prize for the Aspiring Chef of the Year 2019 competition, which takes place in December. Contestants will produce a three course lunch menu to be inspired by the North East of England using local produce. 

The participants will be catering students from Darlington College – the starter will be created by those studying Level 2 Professional Cookery, Level 3 students will design the main course while Level 2 and Level 3 Patisseries and Confectionary students will take care of the dessert. 


Starter Course – Brandon Vize, 18, from Catterick

Beetroot Crumbed Goats Cheese with Candied Walnuts and Parma Ham


Main Course – Michelle Goldsbury, 18, from Darlington

Guinea Fowl Ballotine with Chicken and Black Pudding Mousse


Fish Course – Hannah Sloane, 17, Darlington

Monkfish wrapped in Parma Ham with Puy Lentil Ragu


Dessert Course – Jade Williams, 17, Crakehall

Brownie Baked Alaska


The competition is a bid to help nurture young catering talent which Rockliffe Hall is passionate about.

The lunch is part of the Festival of Food taking place at Rockliffe Hall in February 2019. 

To find out more or to book your place at the lunch, please call 01325 729999 or email 

This Festival of Food event includes

  • A welcome from a member of the judging panel from the competition
  • A four course lunch created by the winners of the Aspiring Chef of the Year 2019 competition
  • The opportunity to vote for your favourite dish


Date & Time: Saturday 9th February 2019, from 12 noon
Price: £19.50 per person
Location: Grassholme Suite

Darlington College

Darlington College provides a huge variety of courses to suit the ambitions of every student. The Aspiring Chef of the Year Competition and prize offers the students the chance to gain a valuable experience alongside top chefs, which helps to prepare them for industry.

Please note that full payment is required at the time of booking.


per person