Young Chef Competition for 2018 /19

Details of 2018/19 District Young Chef Competition

Details of 2018/19 District Young Chef Competition


       District Final 28th February 2019

Congleton High School.

REPORTfrom District 1285 Young Chef Co-ordinator  Rtn Roger T Shepherd PHF.   


“Girl-Power” swept the awards at our  District Young Chef  Final 2019.

RC Congleton not only hosted a splendid Competition, but they also took

took First Place.


Daisy McAllister calmly edged herself into winning, following  her 1st Place in

Qualifying Heat One, last November.  A great achievement !


RC Frodsham, and Helsby student Paula McCallum, took 2nd place, after her

School had taken a “time-out” last year. Some comeback!


RC Ramsbottom had 3 Woodhey High contestants entered, showing strengh

 in numbers, after an  amazing initial School entry of 100 plus would-be

Young Chefs. So Amelia Tweddle in 3rd place, was indeed …hard-earned!


Judges again experienced an extremely close Competition, requiring full use

of the extensive marking sheet,to finaly separate them.


These three girls now progress into the Rotary Regional Final on Saturday

16th March at Kendal College.  “Our Districts1285 Girl-Power Team!”

With a very good chance of  snatching the 1st place (only) entry into the

National Final at Leeds City Centre College. on 27th April 2019.


But credit is due to all our District Final Team, who  put on a superb

Competition, for all to watch, and later taste, their quality cooking.


Youngest Finalist was 12yr old Niamb OKelly from Hope Academy,

Spencer Collins from Woodhey High, and Mollie-mae Hodson also 13 ,(who was

ill, and sadly missed the event), but still deserved her trophy. Will King, Helsy High,

and Harrison Humby, Woodhey, also fought the boys corner admirably,  and

Zainab Azam, RC Radcliffe and Derby High,was an impressive first-year finalist.

Rtn Roger T Shepherd  PHF..Rotary Dist 1285 Young Chef Co-ordinator




The Regional Final of Young Chef was held on the 17th March 2018 at Hopwood Hall College, Rochdale. This was an excellent event and the standard of cooking was outstanding. The independant and professional judges  were highly impressed by the  quality of cooking and the skills of all the entrants. Decding on the first three places was difficult. The final decision was :-


1st           Tomas Atkinson          Ysgol Brynhyfryd School        Sponsor RC of Ruthin


2nd          Ben Simpson               Congelton High School          Sponsor  RC of Congleton


3rd           Amelia Tweddle            Woodhey High School           Sponsor  RC of Ramsbottom.


Tomas went onto represent our Region in the National Final. 

The National Final. This took place on Saturday 28th April 2018  at Abraham Darby Academy, Telford.

Click here for the report.

Rotarian Roger Shepherd

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