Codnor chef Jordan serves up a winning entry

Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards 2016 held at Chesterfield College and hosted by Mich Turner.
Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards 2016 held at Chesterfield College and hosted by Mich Turner.

A talented student from Codnor has been crowned Young Chef of the Year at a regional awards ceremony.

Jordan Elliott, 18, officially received his new title at the 2016 Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards.

Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards 2016 held at Chesterfield College and hosted by Mich Turner.

Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards 2016 held at Chesterfield College and hosted by Mich Turner.

The level two catering student at Chesterfield College received his award, which was sponsored by the Crooked Spire Church, at the glittering ceremony hosted by celebrity chef and couture cake maker to royalty and the stars, Mich Turner.

Speaking at the awards, Mich Turner said: “There is clearly a cornucopia of food talent in Chesterfield, and the Food and Drink Awards brought us a banquet!

“I was thrilled to see the emerging taskforce in the town’s food and drink sector actively involved in the awards ceremony as well as those who have established family businesses.

“What a wonderful awards ceremony – an inspiration and celebration of the past, present and future.”

Organised by Destination Chesterfield, in association with Chesterfield College, more than 50 hospitality students prepared and served the food on the evening for 250 guests at the event which, once again, was a complete sell-out.

Last year Jordan was one of the students to serve at the awards.

He said: “It feels unbelievable to win. I can’t believe that I’ve won. The course has been everything to me. I’ve always liked cooking. Eventually I’d like to own my own restaurant.”

He was one of three students competing for the prestigious title. As part of the judging process he had to take part in a live cook off alongside two other students from the college, preparing a two course meal for three of the town’s top chefs.

He prepared roast rump of lamb and baby lettuce followed by strawberry and black pepper sponge cake for the judges.

He is now hoping to follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner of the Young Chef of the Year award, James Greatorex, who has recently joined Heston Blumenthal’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant The Fat Duck.

The young chef was one of 14 food and drink establishments, producers and individuals announced at the town’s fourth annual Food and Drink Awards, held in Chesterfield College’s Heart Space building.

Stuart Cutforth, principal of Chesterfield College said: “The awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate local talent and commitment. Every year this celebration helps us to inspire our catering and hospitality students to become future award winners.”