Congleton Rotary Young Chef Competition 2017

Eaton Bank Academy very kindly hosted this years Young Chef Competition. With four budding chefs from Congleton High School & two from Eaton Bank Academy

Eaton Bank Academy very kindly hosted this years Young Chef Competition. With four budding chefs from Congleton High School & two from Eaton Bank Academy the competition got off to a flying start. Judges for the event were Mr Andrew Bourne from the Alexandra Court Hotel. Andy is well used to judging being a member of the prestigious Academy of Culinary Art. Before moving to Congleton he was Head Pastry Chef at the 5 star Claridges hotel then at The Lanesborough hotel amongst others in central London. The second judge was Mrs Gillian Robinson, a retired domestic science teacher from Goostrey.

 

Alyssa Fieldhouse; Natasha Scott; Ben Simpson & Elisha Stanier from Congleton High school with their teacher Kathy Stanier. Ben entered the competition last year & moved on to the district finals where he was highly commended. Representing Eaton Bank Academy were Olivia Cheetham & Thea Emery-Allen with teacher Lynne Neil.

 

The task set was for contestants to produce a two-course meal for two people for £15 or under.  All ingredients was listed on a spreadsheet with cost details of each item. The timescale from start to finish was one & a half hours so at precisely 4.35pm all contestants started prior to which they were allowed ten minutes to lay & decorate their dinner table for which they received marks. During the preparation & cooking both judges kept a close eye on what each youngster was doing & all too soon it was 6.05pm & time to stop. All meals were delivered to the dinner tables where the judges then tasted each meal before finally choosing a winner.

 

Before the winners were announced Gill Robinson spoke about how hard the job of judging had been as all contestants had worked to a very high standard. Andy Bourne then spoke in general terms about what he had seen & how well the youngsters had risen to the challenge as well as offering some good tips & advice.

 

In third palce was Natasha Scott followed closely by Ben Simpson in second place, both from Congleton High School. The winner was Thea Emery-Allen from Eaton Bank Academy with a superb main course consisting of: Fresh Cheshire chicken breast with pureed celeriac. Roasted potato cubes, crisp cavola nero & a red wine jus. To follow Thea made a mouth watering deconstructed lemon cheesecake with red berries.

 

The three winners with Olivia Cheetham will now go forward to a district heat in December  & if successful will attend a regional final followed by the grand final probably at a top hotel in London. They have been invited to attend an afternoon mentoring session at the four star Marriot hotel, Manchester airport with the head chef & his team. Rotary President Brian Hogan ably assisted by Rotarian Eric Capper presented all contestants with a certificate & the three winners received a trophy & cash prize to cover their costs.