Two aspiring chefs have taken home a gold medal in a regional heat of the UK’s Young Seafood Chef of the Year competition.

The culinary skills learners from Warrington & Vale Royal College, Mikolaj Mozul and Daniel Jones, beat out competitors from other colleges and universities.

During the challenge, they all had to serve their own original recipes to judges, even though one team member was taken to hospital after cutting his finger halfway through the event.

Following their success, the pair will go on to the national finals in Grimsby in June, where the winning team will take home £500 each, cooking equipment and a £1,000 voucher for catering suppliers Russums for their college.

“They have done such an amazing job and to come first and take home the gold medal when they had to compete against teams from professional catering colleges – it’s just incredible,” said Andy Macleod, the curriculum leader for hospitality and catering at the college.

The annual competition was founded in 1996 by the Grimsby Institute to encourage more young chefs to cook with seafood.

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