Finn Crisp Challenge Winner

A Sheffield College student has beaten some of the best young chefs in the country to win an industry led competition.

Sheffield City College student Will Haythorne, 19, who has won the Finn Crisp Challenge

Pictured: Sheffield City College student Will Haythorne, 19, who has won the Finn Crisp Challenge.


A Sheffield College student has beaten some of the best young chefs in the country to win an industry led competition.

Will Haythorne, 19, came first in the Finn Crisp Challenge and he is now looking forward to enjoying his prize - a trip to Finland this September. 

His chocolate and passion fruit delicé with a passion fruit sorbet, and a Finn Crisp and sesame tuile, wowed the judges. 

Will has just completed the Professional Chef Diploma at Level 3 at Sheffield City College, Granville Road, and has just started a job at Longueville Manor in Jersey. He was mentored for the competition by Len Unwin. 

Will won a three day trip to Finland, from September 4th to 5th, which will include a visit to the Finn Crisp production facility and dinner in two of Helsinki's top restaurants. 

He said: "I am very excited about the trip to Finland. I wasn't expecting to do so well in the competition. I'm really pleased to have won." Len Unwin, Catering Lecturer, added: "We decided to take a different approach and create a dessert using Finn Crisp rather than a savoury dish, which really wowed the judges."

This year’s competition took place at Bournemouth and Poole College on June 4th. Four young chefs nationally were short-listed for the final cook-off dish. The brief was to include Finn Crisp within the recipe, that had to be cooked within one hour and a half hours.