Young chef cooking up a treat

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Young Celtic Manor chef Vivienne Read will bid for a place in the final of the Junior Chef of Wales competition when she cooks up her own three-course meal for judges in the South Wales heat .

  Vivienne has already impressed enough with the menu she entered for a sea bass starter, a duck main course and a chocolate orange dessert to reach the semi-final. She will now cook the dishes head to head with other chefs aged under-23 at Coleg-y-Cymoedd to try to reach the national final.

  “I see this as a stepping stone to go further in my career,” said Vivienne. “This is the first big competition I’ve entered but I want to push myself and test myself against other chefs.”

  A former pupil of Newport’s St Joseph’s School, Vivienne has worked full-time in the Celtic Manor kitchens for just over a year, having previously combined part-time work at the resort with catering studies at the Crosskeys campus of Coleg Gwent.

“My dad was a chef in the military,” she added. “But it was my auntie who really inspired me to have a passion for cooking.”

If Vivienne is successful in the semi-final, she will progress to the final on February 16.

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