This year’s Young Enterprise company was impeccable at the recent Suffolk finals. One of half a dozen companies competing, each of whom had made profits (though none quite as good as ours), East Coast Eats were out on their own in front for quality of trade stand (featuring a gorgeous cake made fresh from her own recipe in the book by Mary Godfrey, Deputy MD.) and, more importantly, product: a simultaneously sumptuous and elegant cookery book featuring a contribution from Delia Smith, favourites from many of our wonderful local restaurants such as The Table, The Crown, Honey and Harvey, The Oyster Inn and more, and recipes drawn from local traditions as well as charming new takes on old fashioned favourites. Compact, and perfect for holiday or home, this is a brilliant book well worth the cost. They have been so popular that the second print is on order.
The team was also well out in front for the quality of the presentation to the audience: witty, energetic, engaging and full of proper content, this was a slick and impressive performance which rightly found favour with the judges. And talking of which, with twelve minor prizes presented first and all going to one or other of the other five companies, the judges did give our team and supporters something of a sweaty moment before rewarding them with two of the three major awards (trade stand and presentation) and a rightful share of the overall honours (a new format for the evening: the naming of joint winners to reflect the fact that two go forward to the regional finals in June).
So, to June it is, and to further success. Many, many congratulations to the company: Callum Sycamore (MD), Joshua Bradbeer, Saxon Gallo, Sebastian Lamb, Lily Proudfoot (presentation team); Mary Godfrey, Daniel Hempstead, Ella Holliday, Jude Ashken, (trade stand); and Mollie Biddle, Thea Hall, Nathan Little, Jessica Bowers and Georgia Martin; and also of course to Mrs Wright for her judicious guidance.