A talented young chef from the Honourable Society of Lincolns Inn has won the coveted title – Wing Yip Oriental Cookery Young Chef of the Year 2017.
Aaron McLaughlin, 25, battled it out at a cook-off held at University College Birmingham (UCB).
As well as the accolade, Aaron has also won a once in a lifetime trip to Hong Kong where he will gain an insight into the hospitality industry at Michelin-starred restaurants and explore the region’s wellknown street food scene.
Putting Aaron and the other finalists through their paces was an elite panel of judges including MasterChef finalist, Larkin Cen. On winning Wing Yip Oriental Cookery Young Chef of the Year, Aaron said: “I am absolutely delighted, this is really a dream come true. I faced some challenging competition from the other finalists, but having been placed third last year, I was able to take on board feedback from the judges to work on and develop my skills and I returned a winner – what a brilliant end to a fantastic day!”
To receive a place in the cookoff the 16 finalists were required to submit a two-course Oriental menu idea, featuring a street food starter and a high quality restaurant standard main which they were to prepare for the judges on the day.
Aaron wowed the judges with a starter of Octopus rice roll, moille sauce and sesame and seaweed crisp followed by a main of creedy carver duck leg terrine, Asian greens, blood orange gel, duck skin and heart crisp with duck broth.