Rotary Young Chef Competition 2017

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Teams of budding chefs from six local secondary schools competed in the Bishop’s Stortford Rotary Club’s annual Young Chef competition recently held at Birchwood High School. Each team had to produce a 3 course healthy meal for two for £15 in 90 minutes – quite a challenge!


Luke Furnace from Bishop’s Stortford College was crowned Rotary Young Chef for 2017 and was praised for the range of skills and organisational abilities that he demonstrated. Luke will represent Bishop’s Stortford at the District 1240 Rotary Young Chef competition next year. 


The winners of the junior competition were a team from Saint Nicholas School, Annice Kisberg, Claudia King and Cailan Kirkwood, with a menu that included ravioli with apricots and pine nuts, and chocolate and vanilla profiteroles. The meal ready for judging and the team can be seen in the pictures above.


Jasmine Tabeni, Emily O’Neill and Abi Jones from The Herts and Essex high School won the intermediate competition with delicious Greek inspired dishes. Two the team are pictured above with Rotarian Peter Amos.


The judging panel, which included local restauranteurs, Luke Fishpool from the Lemon Tree and Simon Cottam from Host, were very impressed by the standard of cooking, the team work and the way the students presented their meals. “All the teams were working against the clock to produce interesting, delicious meals and as judges we had a very difficult decision to make. We congratulate the winning teams and this year’s Young Chef, Luke Furnace, and we wish Luke well in the District competition”.