Stephen gets his just desserts at cookery contest

BUDDING chef Stephen Aitkin got his just desserts after going for gold twice over at a cookery competition.

The 17-year-old, of Blyth, picked up two gold medals at this year’s North Est Culinary Trade Association salon culinaire contest for students, held at Newcastle Civic Centre.

Stephen, doing a foundation diploma in catering at Wallsend’s Tyne Metropolitan College, picked up top prize in the hot dessert class for his warm strawberry filo rolls with rhubarb ice-Cream and white chocolate sauce and his ginger pistachio cheesecake.

He was also named as best barista after preparing two espresso coffees, two cappuccinos and two plum syrups with cardamom-infused milk in ten minutes and will now go forward to a regional contest for baristas.

Three other TyneMet students from Blyth were also among the winners, all picking up silver medals.

They were Liam Kennedy, 18, for his larder chicken dish, and Chelsie Littlemore, 20, and Laura Cleverley, 17, for being part of the day’s second-best cook-and-serve team after being given a mystery box of ingredients to be dished up within an hour. Laura also won a bronze medal for restaurant service