Springboard’s FutureChef helps young people aged 12-16 to learn to cook. It inspires them to explore food and cooking as a life skill by developing their culinary talent and informing them about entry routes into the hospitality industry. FutureChef was developed as a result of research findings into young people’s perceptions of the industry. The research revealed that young people regard chefs such as Brian Turner, Gary Rhodes and James Martin almost as highly as pop or television stars. Surprisingly, however, few genuinely considered a career as a chef!


Springboard’s FutureChef 2014, the nationwide culinary competition aimed at those between 12-16 yrs, is now open for entrants. Last year saw over 8,700 participants take part in the competition. Springboard’s FutureChef is a four-staged nationwide culinary competition run by The Springboard Charity and is open to all 12-16 year olds resident in the UK.

Entrants will be expected to deliver a main meal and dessert for two, to budget, within 90 minutes.

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