Year 10, Kingsbury High School student, Olivia Taiwo, winner of the school heat of the RIBI Young Chef Competition, last week, cooked her way to victory once again, this time in the North West London area final. Olivia’s winning menu of, mushroom and prosciutto ravioli in a sage butter sauce with asparagus and herb jus and a pear and butterscotch frangipane tart with butterscotch sauce, clotted cream and a caramel shard, wowed the judges.
Judge, Luther Maitland, College Lecturer in Hospitality and Catering, commended Olivia for the skill she showed in the preparation of her fresh pasta and her professional attitude to cooking skills. He said: “She had good use of flavours and her dish was of restaurant quality.”
Olivia who beat off competition from students from four other local schools said “I’m very happy and excited. It has taken a month to prepare my menu. My ambition is one day to become a pastry chef. I would recommend cookery to others.”
Olivia will go on to compete in the London final which will be held at Westminster Kingsway on Saturday 9th February 2013.
[photography by Steve; text by Camille Shah]