Harry scoops Young Chef top Award

Congratulations to Harry Hutchins sponsored by the Rotary Club of Thatcham for winning the Thames Valley District Young Chef Finals

Trinity School student, 15 years old Harry Hutchins, fought off stiff competition from 6 other young chefs to emerge as winner of the Rotary District Young Chef Competition, held at Claire’s Court, Maidenhead. 

Harry’s menu of Pan Fried Squid with Rocket, Garlic and Chilli, Poached Salmon with Wild Rice, Roasted Vine Tomatoes, Fresh Herbs and Lemon, followed by Spiced Red Wine Poached Pears  with Homemade Creme Fraiche, proved to the judges that he was a well deserved outright winner.  

Coming a close second was Ruislip-Northwood student, Elizabeth Vila Creus with her enticing menu, pictured above. Harry and Elizabeth now go on to the Regional Final to be held on 25th March. Good luck to both and congratulations to all Young Chefs participationg for a great contest and great food.

The Young Chef Competition is hosted by Rotary Clubs across the Untied Kingdom to enable young people to develop their culinary skills. Rotarian Ron Howard expressed his delight in Harry’s victory and explained that year on year the standard continues to rise.

Both Thatcham and Ruislip-Northwood Rotary Clubs have been proud to host the Young Chef Competition for many years as it is another example of Rotary’s commitment to young people and the local community.

Pictured above: Harry receives his award from District Governor Joy Arnott with competition judge Elisa-Jade Gratton (right)