Keele University chef wins top vegetarian award

Kim Barnish

Posted on 28 May 2010

A Keele University chef has been recognised as a rising star of vegetarian cuisine in a major culinary competition.

Kim Barnish, a chef at Keele Hall, picked up the title of Vegetarian Society Chef of the Future at a competition held yesterday (May 27) at the Cordon Vert Cookery School at the Society’s headquarters in Altrincham, Cheshire.

The 24-year-old, who lives in Madeley, had to produce a three-course meal for four people using only produce suitable for vegetarians during a live cook-off against three other chefs.

Her menu comprised:

Beetroot soup with apple, horseradish and avocado ice cream

Cashew nut coated peppers and red bean fritter with sprouted mung beans, courgette spaghetti, enoki mushrooms, warm salad in tamarind and sherry vinegar dressing

Panna Cotta with raspberries, pineapple and lime salpicon, and sesame tuilles

A seasoned competitor from the Keele’s award-winning team, Kim was the first Staffordshire Young Chef of Tomorrow in 2005 and has since had a coveted place on the Chef’s Challenge Team.

She will receive a fully funded Cordon Vert Diploma scholarship worth more than £1,500, a personalised chef’s jacket, a year’s membership to the Vegetarian Society and a hamper of products approved by the Vegetarian Society.

Kim, who joined the Keele team in 2003 as a Modern Apprentice, said: “I was pleased to be the winner of this, the only recognised vegetarian competition nationally in the UK.

“I think vegetarian food can be exciting and I hope to learn more now as part of the prize is a foundation course in vegetarian cookery at the Cordon Vert cookery school.”

* Click the links in the menu above to be taken to the recipes!