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Young Cooks on the Path for Success with the Teflon™ DSA

Diana Szpytma 4 July 2018
Young Cooks on the Path for Success with the Teflon™ DSA

Life changing cookery competition gives young cooks a true taste of the industry.

Since its launch in 2012, the Teflon™ Diamond Standard Awards has become a fantastic platform for young aspiring cooks across the UK. The title of Keen Young Cook Winner is so highly regarded by participants and schools, that the cookery competition has had 60% of the finalists taking positive action from the competition.

More than just a cookery competition, the opportunities that the Teflon™ Diamond Standard Awards provide are endless, not only for the winner, but, for all finalists. Out of the 12 Keen Young Cook finalists, the annual competition saw 5 of them re-apply for the 2018 competition, with 3 of them reaching the final and one of them going on to win the coveted Specialised Chefs Scholarship at the Bournemouth & Poole College.

Ethan Kirkby first entered the competition in 2017, he re-entered the competition after taking on board the tips and knowledge gained from reaching the final the previous year. Alongside Sarah Blockley, he won the 2018 Keen Young Cooks category and both winners are looking to enrol this September. Despite not winning, 2017 finalist Harry Essex didn’t re-enter but has gone on to enrol on the Specialised Chefs Scholarship after encouragement he received from the competition. The 2017 Keen Young Cook Winner Harriet Morgan-Barstow, continues to blossom as she is currently on placement at the Dorchester Hotel since starting her course. She also joined the panel as a guest judge for the 2018 National Final.

Entries are currently open for the 2019 Teflon™ Diamond Standard Awards and can be submitted individually or via schools and colleges. Entries close on 31st October 2018 with the national final scheduled for 23rd January 2019 at the Waitrose Cookery School, London. For more information on the competition and to enter please visit