AN aspiring chef has impressed judges with his culinary skills.

Brandon Vize, a catering student from Catterick, has been named overall winner of Rockliffe Hall’s Aspiring Chef of the Year 2019 competition.

The 18-year-old, who studies Professional Cookery at Darlington College, won the overall prize with his starter Beetroot Crumbed Goats Cheese with Candied Walnuts and Parma Ham.

He said: “I love cooking and to be given the opportunity to create a dish from scratch and serve it to diners at a five star hotel is an amazing opportunity that I won’t forget. For my dish to be chosen as the winner is a dream come true.”

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Brandon's winning dish, above

His starter was chosen as the winning dish by diners attending the lunch and follows a tough selection process. Students were first invited to create an aspirational three course banqueting lunch menu.

The other three short-listed chefs were Michelle Goldsbury, 18, and Hannah Sloane, 18, both from Darlington, and Jade Williams, 17, from Crakehall.

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Finalists – Michelle Goldsbury, Jade Williams, Hannah Sloane and Brandon Vize

Aaron Craig, Rockliffe Hall’s New Hall Executive Chef, said: “While all four young chefs produced outstanding dishes at the event, Brandon’s was exceptional. The fact he is currently studying for his Level 2 when some of the other competitors are already Level 3 is a credit to him.

"We hope this competition has helped inspire the next generation of chefs and we look forward to seeing how their careers progress.”