Superfoods Peru launches young chefs campaign with Westminster Kingsway College

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The winner of the 2018 competition, 21-year-old Sophie Maton from Westminster Kingsway College.

For the third consecutive year, the Peru Trade & Investment Office will team up with Westminster Kingsway College to inspire young, talented chefs through the campaign ‘Superfoods Peru.’

The campaign aims to raise awareness amongst UK chefs of Peruvian ingredients, cooking and culture.

“Collaborating with Westminster Kingsway College provides us with a fantastic platform to educate the UK’s top young chefs and create excitement around Peruvian cuisine," says Jaime Cardenas, director of the Peru Trade & Investment Office. "We hope they will gain inspiration from the activities and take this knowledge into professional kitchens nationwide.”

Entries are being accepted for the Superfoods Peru Young Chef of the Year competition from interested chefs (up to age 25), nationwide. The winner will fly to Peru and join top restaurants Amaz, Libertador and Astrid & Gaston for a week’s stage and a five-day, four-night stay in Cuzco, including a trip to Machu Picchu.

The competition format has been adapted this year to cater more for the younger demographic — entrants are required to post a three-course meal, using Peruvian superfoods, to Instagram (@superfoodsperu).

Entries will be accepted until Monday, 11th February, and the top five finalists will be invited to take part in a cook-off at Westminster Kingsway College and a private masterclass with Michelin-starred Peruvian chef Robert Ortiz.

Westminster Kingsway is also hosting a ‘Peruvian Week’ in their Escoffier restaurant  29th April. Top trainee chefs at the college will research Peru and come up with a 7-course tasting menu for guests to sample during the week, using Peruvian superfoods provided by UK suppliers.

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