Jodie Whitehead (17) from Bourne is heading to London to compete in the finals for South African Cuisine Young Chef of the Year.

Reaching the annual final means Jodie is one of the top 6 young chefs in the UK that specialise in African Cuisine!

Jodie said, “The range of experiences you get at College means you are able to experiment with different cuisines and have the freedom to explore different ideas and dishes.”

For her entry, Jodie had to create a mouth-watering menu of South African delights including a starter, main and dessert, all of which had to include a fruit native to the country.

Culinary star in the making! Jodie heads for South African Cuisine Young Chef of the Year final.

Culinary star in the making! Jodie heads for South African Cuisine Young Chef of the Year final.

For her starter Jodie served up “Mixed Textures of Pear” using South African Williams Pears, a poached pear in red wine with pear crisps, pear jelly, a smooth blue cheese mousse and hazelnut crumb for a bit of crunch.

Her main was “Smoked Pork Fillet with Miele Pap and Salsa” using South African Golden Delicious. To finish Jodie created an exotic twist on a “Traditional South African Melkterk”, a milk mousse with a biscuit base, white chocolate crumb, peach and strawberry sorbet topped with nectarine and peach, and strawberry puree.

She is now set to head to London on 24th April to compete in the final at Westminster Kingsway College. Good luck Jodie!

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