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Rotary Young Chef – the 2016 competition has begun

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Frankie Hudson, Ellie Godwin, Lauran Windsor, Eleonor Barry, Rebecca Sutcliffe, Sam Butler, Rhiannen Butler, Jake Ginn, Josh Clarkson, Todd Walker

With the increasing understanding of the importance to health and well-being, many young people are now very interested in cooking and these days and cook very well. Additionally, recent government initiatives to bring cookery back into the mainstream school curriculum and the Jamie Oliver “Healthy Eating” promotion have added increasing status to the subject.

The  Young Chef Competition fits perfectly into the prevailing mood and offers students an outstanding opportunity to demonstrate their acquired knowledge and skills.

The first stage of the Rotary Young Chef competition 2016 took place at Sponne School on November 25th 2015. There were 10 candidates as seen in the picture above. There was an amazing array of menus which would sit comfortably in any restaurant! You can view the menu’s here.

The students are judged on a range of criteria from the actual food itself – complexity and final taste, presentation, kitchen cleanliness etc. As always the standard was very high and our three judges had their work cut our narrowing it down to the three winners.

IMG_0541In first place was Ellie Godwin who cooked Baked Rosemary Salmon with a Chive Mash and Pea Puree followed by a Dessert of “Cupcake” Raspberry Cheesecake with Lemon Shortcake.
IMG_0558In second place was Jake  Ginn who cooked Venison Steak in a Blueberry sauce with Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Julienne Carrots followed by Home Grown Gooseberry Fool with Buttery Shortbread biscuits.
IMG_0549Third place went to Frankie Hudson who cooked Honey and Soy marinated Duck Breast served on a bed of sautéed greens and topped with crispy rice noodles followed by Assiette of Apple Desserts: Apple & Vanilla Panna Cotta; Apple & Calvados Creme Brulee, Apple & Blackberry Crumble tart.

The District Finals Competition will take place on February 6th, 2016 at the Samworth Enterprise Academy, Leicester, when the overall winner will be announced.

Thanks as always goes to our fabulous judges and we must not forget the dedication and hard work of Emma Livesey the Food Preparation & Nutrition Teacher at Sponne School.