First Heinz Tomato Ketchup Cook-Off winner unveiled

28 January 2011 by
First Heinz Tomato Ketchup Cook-Off winner unveiled

Yasmin Haywood from New College Nottingham is the winner of the first-ever Heinz Tomato Ketchup Cook-Off, set up in association with the" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">Craft Guild of Chefs ]( City & Guilds.

The challenge was open to full-time catering students aged between 17 and 23 who were in their second year or higher.

Haywood beat off competition from nine other finalists in the cook-off at Sheffield City College for her recipes using Heinz Tomato Ketchup as a key ingredient.

Her winning dishes included an original and innovative starter comprising three tomato dishes served with tomato bread and a classic main course of fish and chips with a twist.

"I entered the competition because I love to experiment with food and this seemed like a wonderful challenge," said Haywood, who plans to use her £2,000 prize money to travel to New Zealand.

"I've always wanted to see and learn about food from different countries and this result will help me make that dream a reality."

Her prize also included the chance to compete in a high-profile competition with the Craft Guild of Chefs, a year's free membership of the guild, £1,000 towards training facilities at her college, and £100-worth of Russums vouchers for her lecturer.

The second and third-place runners up in the one-and-a-half hour cook-off were Fredrick Kamu from TVU London and Katie Jordan from Loughborough College, who won £500 and £250-worth of Russums vouchers respectively and a year's free membership of the Craft Guild of Chefs.

"The presentation and skills on display were of a very good standard and were a testament to the entrants' lecturers," said Martin Bates, chief executive officer of the Craft Guild of Chefs and one of the compeition judges. "Competitions like this are a great experience for everyone involved and I strongly believe are a great way for students to build confidence."

Also judging the cook-off were Sheila Eggleston, editor of the guild's Stockpot magazine, and June Lang, operational quality consultant for City and Guilds.

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