Young Chef

We believe it is important to encourage and develop creativity in young people, including in the kitchen. Sponsored by Filippo Berio, contestants prepare and present a two course meal within a pre-set budget and time limit, judged by an expert panel.

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.  Competition information can be found here

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.  

We do not yet have a Rotarian to lead this in District 1180 so any competition will, for now, have to stop at club level.

If you are a Rotarian and reading this, then by getting this far you will likely have some interest - so please consider volunteering. Please contact the District Youth Service Leader. Expertise is not required - just an interest, and enthusiasm. A contact or contacts within the film world will be needed to find a suitable judge - who may or may not be a Rotarian (with independence from any club competition). The organiser role is essentially that of a central point of contact for Rotarians in District, the collation of club entries once a year, organising the judging, and then sending the winning entries to Rotary GB&I.The District winner is awarded the Vernon Schwarz trophy - a rather splendid award, which is then held by the winner for one year. For further details about what leading Young Chef in D1180 entails, please contact David Watson, former member, Rotary Club of Pwllheli ( Note: David is no longer the organiser! He will, however, inform and guide a successor.

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 is taking place on Saturday, 20th April 2024 at St. Benedict's School, Alcester.

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 2023-24 Rotary Youth Competition Guidelines document contains everything a Rotary club needs to know about offering these competitions to young people in their community. 

The 2020/21 & 2021/22 Results:

These did not run due to the coronavirus pandemic.    

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