Mince dish champion revealed

The Red Tractor ‘Make it with Mince’ National Champion 2012 has been announced as 13-year-old Keaton Leyland-Jones.

Television chef and presenter James Martin presented the award, which included a “money-can’t-buy” trip to London with a behind-the-scenes visit to the Saturday Kitchen set. On the trip to London, the young winner will also be treated to a tour of two of the capital’s most prestigious restaurants.

To win the competition, Leyland-Jones put together spiced beef tartlets with chorizo, which he did during the live regional finals. He impressed the judges with his attention to detail and “culinary skills beyond his years”, allowing him to beat hundreds of other entrants.

The Red Tractor beef and lamb ‘Make it with Mince’ challenge is a cookery competition for 11- to 16-year-olds who are passionate about food. The challenge was created by Eblex to engage young people into gaining cooking experience.

Eblex food advisor Denise Spencer-Walker said: “All of our regional finalists were fantastic young chefs, so it was a hard decision choosing Keaton over many other budding cooks. However, his ability and passion, as well as culinary skill beyond his years, gave him the winning edge. I hope Keaton’s success will inspire other young people to enter the competition and test out their recipes and cooking ability.”


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