Hanham's Ali showcases winning taste of Peru

June 02 2017

A YOUNG chef who works at Hanham's newest eaterie has taken a runner up slot in a national Peruvian cooking competition.

A YOUNG chef who works at Hanham's newest eaterie has taken a runner up slot in a national Peruvian cooking competition.

Ali Mustafaj, who hones his skills at the Italian Kitchen in the High Street, has been awarded third place in the Young Chef of the Year Peru competition. 

The prizes means Ali will undergo training with award winning Peruvian chef, cookbook author, and restaurateur Martin Morales, founder of Andina and Ceviche restaurants in London.

The 17-year-old, who lives in Kingswood, impressed judges with his menu of:

•  Red mullet ceviche, avocado, mango, pomegranate essence

•  Chicken ballotine, avocado puree, quinoa, pickled mustard seeds & purple potato crisps

•  Chocolate chilli pot, gooseberry compote & passion fruit sorbet

The young chef, who studies professional cookery at the City of Bristol College, competed against six other UK finalists, who were all under the age of 25 and either studying or working in the food industry. 

Each entrant submitted their own Peruvian menu, which incorporated quinoa, avocado and cocoa and other typical ingredients from Peru.

The nationwide competition, run by the Peru Trade & Investment Office of the Embassy of Peru in the UK, was launched to provide young chefs with a deeper understanding of Peruvian ingredients and recipes.