Young Pastry Chef of the Year

Congratulations Josie! 

Student chef Josie Wheeler, from Coleg y Cymoedd in Nantgarw in South West Wales has won Student Pastry Chef of the Year 2022.

Her dish of mini Black Forest entremet wowed an esteemed panel of judges who included Benoit Blin and Jamie Houghton from Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Michael Kwan from The Dorchester, Daniel Pearse from The Savoy, Thibault Hauchard from Claridge’s and Douglas Oberson from Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester.
The event, which took place at The Hotel Café Royal, in central London was supported by a number of sponsors including Adande Refrigeration.

Speaking about the event Catherine Farinha, Director of The Chefs’ Forum, said: “Josie Wheeler played a blinder. She is a worthy winner and I know all the judges really enjoyed what she created. The brief was to create something ‘grab and go’ and a mini Black Forest was such a clever idea. This year’s competition has blown us all away with the creativity on display and the number of entries from different age groups. We’re going to keep the competition like this from now on,”

Simon Coulson, HR Director at Hotel Café Royal said: “It is so important to us at Hotel Cafe Royal to host events like this. It is great for students to see what it’s like in a leading professional kitchen, to get support from great chefs but also to see what it like to work in a place like this, at the top level. It is so important to find and develop the next generation of chefs and hospitality professionals.

Daniel Pearse said: “All the entries were high and showed some great skills. All the judges were impressed. We just felt, overall, that Josie Wheeler’s Black Forest was the winner.” 

Congratulations to all the finalists who took part: 

• Alex Williams – Halesowen College

• Annie Carter – The Manchester College

• Josie Wheeler – Coleg Y Cymoedd Nantgarw

• Mina Mohsenie – Leicester College

• Orla-Kate O’Neil – The Manchester College

• Shirin Asl – The Manchester College

• Zarema Yalkhoroeva – Leicester College