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College Apprentice is North West Young Chef of the Year

A City of Liverpool College apprentice chef has become the first female winner of a prestigious cookery competition to find North West Young Chef of the Year.

19-year-old Daniela Tucci scooped the North West crown from a host of heat winners – including promising chefs from leading restaurants across the region – and adds it to the Merseyside title she won back in April 2016.

Daniela, who is employed at Liverpool’s critically acclaimed Art School Restaurant, said: “I feel so happy! I came today with the attitude that as long as I do my best I really didn’t mind the outcome, but to win is amazing. It was probably the most stressed I have ever been in my life, but it is all worth it now.”

As a result of her success, Daniela will face her toughest challenge to date when she competes in the semi-finals of the Craft Guild of Chefs’ Young National Chef of the Year competition which takes place  in June.

Image 1:  Daniella with her winner trophies

Image 2: Daniella’s winning three-course menu:

  • Starter: Claremont Farm asparagus, poached egg and classic Hollandaise sauce;
  • Main: Callum’s blackface Suffolk lamb with spring cabbage parcel, caramelised onion puree, heritage carrots, peas and beets;
  • Dessert: Wild strawberry basket with basil, Two Cathedrals honey and balsamic vinegar.


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