AN 18-year-old Herefordshire hospitality and catering student is going head-to-head with two local chefs in next week's finals of the Savour the Wye cooking competition.

Daniel Porter, of Tupsley, who is studying in Hereford and working part-time at the city's Castle House Hotel, is hoping to add another title to the Young Chef of the Year award he picked up at last year's Flavours of Herefordshire awards.

His recipe for fillet of Herefordshire beef with a red wine sauce will be up against Venison Wellington from Flavours of Herefordshire's 2005 Pub of the Year, the Wellington, and Llanthony Valley partridge cooked by Jason Jackson from Pilgrims bistro in Monmouth.

The three finalists were all selected by Franco Taruschio, formerly of the Walnut Tree, near Abergavenny. "The ones I chose were honest in their approach, not gilding the lily and not over-complicated - well-balanced with not too many ingredients and flavours."

"We're very pleased with these dishes as they really allow you to savour the Wye," said Catherine Fookes, development officer for the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is spearheading the competition being sponsored by Wye Valley Brewery.