Ai Yamano from Oxted has won the Regional Final of Young Chef.

Ai Yamano progresses to National finals of Rotary Young Chef


Ai is a 15 year old student at Oxted School. She has been sponsored by the Oxted Rotary Club to enter the Rotary Young Chef competition, which is a National event for students aged from 11 to 17

This competition aims to encourage young people to:
•    Learn how to cook a healthy meal
•    Develop food presentation skills
•    Consider food hygiene issues
•    Develop organisational and planning skills
•    Develop an ability to cope in a demanding situation

This is just one of many Youth competitions that Rotary runs so check out the Youth section on www.ribi.org for more details.

Ai came second in the area semi final and then second in the district event to progress to the regional final held in Maidstone on 5th March. She opted to change her menu and table arrangement for the Regional Finals and this proved to be an inspired move. She was up against 5 other contestants, Jacob Cranch,Chloe Dove, Jamie Kedwards, Priyanka Patel and Cary Roberts and triumphed with her menu of:-

•    Starter -  Sautéed Mackerel with marmalade Soy sauce & Nasu Dengaku
•    Main - Inside-out Sushi with Italian Flavour
•    Dessert -  Ai`s Creamy Tofu Delight

The judges, David Marshall, Lee Warner and Paul Plummmer, faced a difficult task coming to a decision as the quality of the food was outstanding. The final chose Ai Yamano as the winner and Priyanka, also from District 1145, as runner up, but only the winner goes through to the Nation Final.

A big thank you must go to Oxted School for their support and also for hosting the area semi final.  Anne Jackson, Food Technology Teacher from Oxted School received a certificate on behalf of the school.

The prizes were awarded by District Governor Ray Dixon from Rotary District 1120. Our Youth Chairman, Rotarian Brian Taylor, Youth Officer for the club was there to support Ai in Maidstone and is delighted at her success and wishes her every  success in the finals , where he plans to be to add his support.

The National Finals are in Lincoln on 16th April 2016 and all at Oxted Rotary Club wish Ai success in the finals and congratulate her on her great cooking and skills.

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