Young Chef Competition

Six young chefs at Kings Magna, part of Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate, have taken part in the first round of Rotary’s national Young Chef Competition.

President of Knaresborough Rotary Club, Leslie Couldwell with the winner Imogen (right) and runner up Olivia (left).

Young Chefs cook up a winning combination for Rotary’s competition

 

Six young chefs at Kings Magna, part of Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate, have taken part in the first round of Rotary’s national Young Chef Competition.

The young Chefs were asked to produce a two-course healthy meal on a budget of £10 within a seventy-five-minute time frame. Marks were awarded for a variety of skills from choice of menu, planning, hygiene to the taste and presentation of the meal.

Imogen Wheatley, in Year 8, was awarded first prize for her Risotto main course and Poached Pears desert. Olivia Wylde, in Year 7, came a close second with her Salmon, creamy mash and broccoli main course and a Strawberry Cheesecake dessert.

They were presented with their certificates and prizes by the President of Knaresborough Rotary Club, Leslie Couldwell.

All competitors received a certificate. Imogen and Olivia now progress to the second round, where they will compete against young chefs from Bedale and Northallerton for a place in the Yorkshire final at Betty’s Cookery School.

Rotary’s Young Chef was created to give young people across Great Britain and Ireland the chance to display their culinary talents, while discovering the importance of healthy eating. Previous competitors of Rotary Young Chef have gone on to enjoy hugely successful culinary careers working with Michelin Star chefs. Martha Collison, a finalist in 2012, even starring on The Great British Bake Off.

Mrs Louisa Woodward At Queen Ethelburga’s said, “We are delighted with our Young Chefs and the enthusiasm, energy and passion they have shown in the run up to and participation in the competition itself. Participation in external competitions such as Rotary Young Chef are invaluable in providing meaningful enrichment opportunities for all of  our students and we are excited to start preparing for the next stage in this competition.”