February 2013

UCB student is Oriental Young Chef of the Year

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Culinary Arts Management degree student Joseph Vinten is celebrating after winning Wing Yip ‘Oriental Young Chef of the Year’ competition which took place at UCB.        

The students in the final were tasked with producing two Asian inspired dishes in under 90 minutes as they battled for the individual title.        

Judging them was celebrity TV chef Ching He Huang, Michelin-starred Birmingham chef Glynn Purnell, and President of the British Culinary Federation, Peter Griffiths.        

Joseph, pictured with fellow finalist and CAM student Emma Lim, was crowned the winner at an awards ceremony dinner at UCB. As well as the honour of being the first Wing Yip Oriental Chef of the Year, Joseph has also won a once in a lifetime trip to Hong Kong where he will gain an insight into the hospitality industry and explore the region’s cultural highlights.        

Joseph wowed the judges with a lobster spring roll starter and a quail breast main course.  

The increasing popularity of Pan Asian cuisine in the UK is extremely exciting. We launched the competition first and foremost to celebrate Oriental cookery with its delicious flavors and aromas, but also to identify the region’s most talented young chefs to encourage them to carry the tradition forward and preserve the legacy of this glorious cuisine.

Mr Wing Yip, Chairman of Wing Yip

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