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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Barrow chef Mark finds recipe for success in cookery contest

A TRAINEE chef with ambitions of one day owning his own restaurant has triumphed in a cookery contest in South Africa.

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CUT ABOVE Trainee chef Mark Thexton, 18, at his home in Lesh Lane, Barrow, with his trophy and medal. He also won a knife worth £80 LINDSEY DICKINGS REF: 50060487B001

Mark Thexton, 18, of Lesh Lane, Barrow, diced, boiled and chopped his way to success in a World Skills UK vs South Africa Legacy Competition.

Mr Thexton, who is on a introduction to professional cookery course at Kendal College, was part of a team of four that beat students from the College of Cape Town.

The competition, held on March 5, pitched the two colleges’ teams against one another, and saw the students create a two-course menu from scratch. For main, Mr Thexton’s team came up with roasted duck and served a delicious strawberry mousse for dessert.

A panel of prestigious chefs and food critics judged the courses and were blown away by the Kendal team’s cookery skills.

The 18-year-old said: “It was amazing. It was the time of my life. There were times when the kitchen got out of hand but we fixed it and managed to serve some really good food. It was incredibly hot in the kitchen. It was intense.

“We were shocked to win because it was a close competition. I won a knife worth £80 as part of the prize. I learnt lots of new skills in South Africa, which is what it’s all about.”

Mr Thexton flew out to South Africa for a unique week of training on March 1.

The competition was held due to a new international partnership between the colleges.

Mr Thexton said his experience in Cape Town has further inspired him to become a professional chef.

He added: “I want to work myself up to management and own my own restaurant or hotel.”

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