This is an archived press release
Monday 28 February 2005
28 February 2005
Chefs cook up success with Peak District foods
A talented young chef tasted success in a top culinary competition using the best of Peak District produce.
Student Matthew Clayton, 17, from Ashbourne, won both the under-25s and the overall prize in the final of the 2005 Peak District Cuisine competition, used to promote Peak District foods nationwide.
Matthew, currently studying at the University of Derby College, Buxton, impressed the judges with his choice and preparation of salted local trout, roasted loin of Derbyshire lamb and caramelised pear crème brulee with wakes cakes.
He was up against stiff competition from professional chefs, including the winner of the over-25s section, Scott Brown of the Three Horseshoes pub-restaurant in Wessington, between Matlock and Alfreton.
Scott's menu included Manor Farm lamb sausage, Derbyshire beef fillet, warm Derbyshire oatcake, Wessington Green blackberry roly-poly and Bradwell vanilla ice-cream.
Peak District Cuisine project leader Sheila Russell said: "These finalists are a great example of chefs that are making the most of Peak District produce to create delicious menus that reflect the season."
One of the judges, Mike Cullen of Cullenary Herbs, Chapel-en-le-Frith, praised the "cornucopia of talent and enthusiasm" on show during the cook-off at the University of Derby College: "The imaginative presentation and use of locally-sourced Peak District products was outstanding," he said. "Their working methods, culinary skills and presentation were only surpassed by the carefully-combined flavours experienced with each dish."
John Nutt, head of the Institute of Catering and Hospitality, presented the prizes of tickets donated by Buxton Opera House, Chatsworth and Treak Cliff Cavern and a case of wine from Solomon's Bistro. He said it had been a joy to watch the young chefs making creative use of Peak District produce with such delicious results.
Peak District Cuisine, which promotes the distinctiveness of local produce, is supported by the Peak District National Park Authority, University of Derby, East Midlands Development Agency and the European Regional Development Fund.
The winning menus will feature on the www.peakdistrictfoods.co.uk website.