Young Chef

District 1180 winner 2018, & Regional winner 2018 - Tomas Atkinson (back left) at the Regional Final

The Rotary Young Chef Competition has been run in District 1180 for around 20 years . It  is a well established and successful competition organised and promoted by Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland.

It is a four stage national competition to support and encourage development of cookery skills. Some stages may have more than one round.

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

Who can take part?
This competition is open to all students in full time education between ages 11 and 17 on 31 August each year.   
Please note this competition is intended for amateurs; for the purpose of the competition, an amateur is considered to be a person who is not in full, or regular part time, employment in the catering trade. Eligible entrants who have been temporarily employed by restaurants during the school holidays may take part.
The competition is not open to students who are enrolled on a full time catering course who are studying for a qualification above “A” level standard.


The Four Stages of the Competition
Local Heats
These are organised by local Rotary clubs and hosted by schools or colleges between September and December. The winner of each local heat is entered into the district finals.
Local Rotary Clubs can be found by using the club finder facility in the bottom left hand corner of the Rotary International in Britain and Ireland (Rotary GB&I) home webpage –
District Finals
Organised by Rotary at a venue to be advised, normally between January and late February each year. The winner and runner up from each district final is entered into the regional final.  

The dates for 2022/23, when set (and assuming that we have a volunteer to lead), will be posted here.

Regional Finals
Organised by Rotary at a venue (college normally) between late February and early March. The winner of each regional final is entered into the national final. 
National Final
 The National Final details are posted  on the Rotary GB&I website

The 2019/20 Results:

District Final (8th February 2020):

1st - Cian Pritchard, Ysgol Glan y Mor, Pwllheli - sponsored by the Rotary Club of Pwllheli

2nd - Keirion Williams, Coleg Menai - sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bangor.

Congratulations to the both - and to the five other entrants, all of whom had to win a club competition to enter. Cian and Keirion represented the District at the Regional final at Stratford on 7th March, but did not win through. As it happens, the RGBI final had to be cancelled due to the COVID situation.

The 2020/21 Competition:

This did not run due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Regrettably, it will not run in 2021/22 - there are too many complications with coronavirus to enable engagement with schools and booking venues. Additionally, we are now without a District Organiser - so, if you are a Rotarian reading this, then please consider volunteering!



For further details about what leading Young Chef in D1180 entails, please contact :
David Watson, Rotary Club of Pwllheli




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