Craig Foulger, a former student at Bradford College, is in the final of the Wing Yip Oriental Cookery Young Chef of the Year 2017

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A Bradford College-trained chef has been selected as a national finalist in the Wing Yip Oriental Cookery Young Chef of the Year 2017. 

After being invited to compete for the coveted title, Craig Foulger is a step closer to winning, with a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Hong Kong among the prizes.

Craig, 23, who graduated from Bradford College last year, will go head-to-head against 14 other finalists to cook a two-course meal against the clock, under the scrutiny of a professional judging panel including President of the British Culinary Federation, Peter Griffiths MBE.

He is in the running to win a trip to Hong Kong where they will sample culinary delights, work in Michelin-starred restaurants and explore the vibrant street food scene.

Peter Griffiths said: “For our finalists this is an ideal opportunity to gain experience and exposure, and challenge yourself in a live cook-off scenario. This year we have been inundated with quality applications – the standard has been extremely high.”

“I’m really looking forward to returning as a judge for Young Chef, for what I’m sure will be another exhilarating competition.”

For the first stage, finalists were required to submit a two-course Oriental menu idea featuring a street food starter and high-end restaurant-style main.

Wing Yip director Brian Yip said: “The competition is in its fifth year, and judging by the quality of our finalist’s menus, it looks as though we’re in for our best year yet.

“The competition provides young chefs with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the wealth of ingredients and cooking styles found in Oriental cooking, and compete to be in with a chance of winning an unforgettable cooking experience in Hong Kong.

“We wish our finalists the very best of luck.”

The Wing Yip Oriental Cookery Young Chef of the Year 2017 final takes place on Wednesday 5 April at University College Birmingham.

Bradford College offers a range of catering and hospitality courses, from short courses in cake decorating to full-time professional cookery courses. 

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