Rotary Young Chef District Final. 2019

Each year Morden Rotary Club hosts the local heats followed by district heats of the Young Chef Competition.

Rotary Young Chef District Final, 2019

On Saturday 2nd March, a dozen young aspiring chefs competed in the "Young Chef of The Year" district final at South Thames College in Morden.

They came from a wide area, from South London, Surrey and Sussex. Their age range was from 11- 16, and entrants had previously been successful at local level competitions.

The judges were all noteworthy professionals - Master Chefs Omera Gallucci, Franco Fontebasso, Soukias Tchilingirian and Master Baker Tom Cromwell.

Judging was co-ordinated by Giovanni Fontebasso, and Morden Rotary Club were delighted to have such distinguished judging panel.

After briefing, the competitors had two hours to produce their meals and present the results. These were really first class! The judges complimented every entry, and found all the results were extremely high quality - commenting that they felt each one was exceptional.

The winner was Sophie Morris from Billingshurst, and second place went to Oliver Trowell of Banstead.

They will go on to the regional final in Orpington in March - and if successful, to the National final, taking place at Leeds City College in April.

Trophies and certificates of merit were awarded by , and Rotary District Governor David Easton. Afterwards all the entrants were given personal feedback and guidance by the judges to help them improve even further.

Giovanni Fontebasso, who has seen "Young Chef of The Year" develop, was very enthusiastic in the way he's seen hundreds of youngsters have benefitted from this challenge, and the greatly increased standard of the results every year.

The event was hosted by Morden Rotary Club. President Margaret Sinclair was supported club members Jim Sinclair, William Rhind, Stan Earl, Peter & Margaret Redway, Tony Hunn, Phil Watson, Barry Bramley and Joss Ollett. The club is very grateful to Rotarian Syd Mair and the catering tutors and staff of South Thames College at Merton for their great organisation and enthusiasm for this event.
Joss Ollett

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