Sasha is crowned national champion and wins Italy trip


A YOUNG chef from Thurrock has been crowned a national champion.

Late last year Sasha Martin from the Gateway Academy won the Thurrock Rotary “ Young Chef “ Competition which was organised by the Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock and the South Essex College and held in Grays.

The event was open to any student from within the borough of Thurrock.

From there Sasha’s journey took her to the district and regional finals which she won. This led to the UK Rotary national finals which were held in Leeds last weekend.

Despite some fierce competition Sasha won the finals of the young chefs award and is officially the “Rotary Great Britain Young chef of 2019”.

All the judges said her dishes and skill set are incredible and she was definately the deserved winner in all their judgements.

Not satisfied with winning the overall prize she also won ‘dish of the day’ for her starter. Her prize includes a trip to Tuscany for a two day workshop at Filippo Berio, a leading brand of olive oil for more than 150 years.

She has also been invited back to Leeds College for a chocolate workshop.

Over the months leading up to the final competition her teacher from the Gateway Academy Surraya Constable and the South Essex College have been working with Sasha to help her reach the high standard which she achieved on Saturday.

A Rotary club spokesperson said: “Sasha has been an excellent ambassador for the borough of Thurrock, the Gateway Academy and the Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock.”

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