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Springboard’s FutureChef reaches parliament!

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Last Monday 18th March, we were delighted to award the winning prize for our 2019 FutureChef final to 14 year-old Jessica Mitchell from Glasgow, Scotland. The final was held at Westminster Kingsway College in St. James’ Park and saw the 12 finalist students from all over the U.K. competing for the crown. As the first ever Scottish winner of the competition, Jessica’s win was celebrated by many, and received praise from The Caterer as well as Jessica’s school, the High School of Glasgow. Even more impressively, the news was picked up by the House of Commons, where they passed a motion on Wednesday 20th March. The parliamentary Early-Day Motion will remain a permanent record of Jessica’s achievement as the 2019 winner of Springboard’s FutureChef final competition and was signed by nine members of parliament including Carol Monaghan, MP for Glasgow North West and Drew Hendry for Inverness. The Motion commends Jessica for her “high level of skill and professionalism” and also recognises the contributions of Jessica’s mentor, Jav Aziz, Executive Chef at the Ibrox Stadium. The Motion also notes how the judges praised the finalists for displaying the “most impressive” cooking skills in the history of the competition. In the 20 years since its inauguration, FutureChef has grown exponentially, and has now become a hallmark of industry prestige and the event was attended by several high-profile chefs, including Brian Turner CBE who has been the FutureChef Chairman since its inception. Read more about the FutureChef final here.