James Mockridge, a student of Queen’s College excelled to win first prize in the Rotary Young Chef competition for 2019, facing stiff competition from students across other local schools.
The local heat for this year’s 2019 Rotary Young Chef Competition took place last Wednesday in the superbly equipped kitchen of the Quantock Restaurant at Bridgwater and Taunton College. The event, organised by the Rotary Club of Taunton, saw six young contestants from Castle School, King’s College and Queen’s College prepare a three-course meal in two hours.
The judges praised the high standard of cooking skills and presentation. The winner, James Mockridge, is a Year 9 student at Queen’s College. James now goes on to compete in the Rotary International, Regional competition and if successful will go on to to the National Finals later this year.
Last year’s winner, 12 year old Beth Wharton from Castle School, was runner up.
Queen’s College Executive Chef, Mr Denis Turner, who taught the Queen’s entrants technical and presentation skills said: “I was really pleased with all three of our students for their effort and hard work. James scooping first place was the icing on the cake.”
Trevor Snow, chairman of Taunton Rotary Club’s Youth Opportunities Committee said: “This competition gives young people the opportunity to achieve important skills that will stand them in good stead throughout their lives, which fits the Rotary ideal of helping improve life in the community. We would really like students from more local schools to take part in this great competition in future years.”
The Rotary Club of Taunton supports and sponsors many activities and competitions for young people. Find out more by visiting more of our web pages. Want to help or get involved? Contact us.
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