Congratulations to talented young chef Rebecca Jackson, who has been crowned the North East Culinary and Trade Association (NECTA) Young Chef of the Year 2019.
Rebecca, a junior sous chef at The Hudson at Newcastle’s County Hotel, beat five other finalists from across the North East in the annual event at Newcastle Eagles’ Community Arena.
The competition included a knife skill test followed by a two-course menu which had to feature guinea fowl in the main course and apples in the dessert. Robson Young of 21 Hospitality Group finished second and Connor Marley of Leila Lily’s was third. The other finalists were Carl Blackley of Peace and Loaf in Jesmond, Ryan Podd from 21 Hospitality Group and Katie Robson of Newcastle College.