Young Chef


The Rotary Young Chef competition aims to encourage young people to develop cookery skills and consider healthy eating options and to prove their ability to cope in a demanding competitive situation.

The competition is open to all students in full time secondary school education. 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 studying for a qualification above “A” level (or equivalent) standard.

Students must be aged between ages 11 and 17 on the 31st August 2019.

Individual Rotary Clubs have local heats and the winner of the local heat is entered into the District final which will be held at Bettys Cookery School in Harrogate on the 4th February 2020 from 5pm.

The Regional Final will be at Leeds City College Printworks on the 14th March 2020 from 10am.

Click here to download an information pack.

Click here to download a registration form.

Contact your local Rotary Club for information on local heats.  

Young Chef pages:

District Young Chef Final 2019

On the 5th February Seven Young Chefs (as 1 Young Chef was ill) from across District 1040 competed in the District Final at Betty’s Cookery School in Harrogate.


National Final Rotary Young Chef held in District 1040

On Saturday 27th April, seven young enthusiastic chefs aged from 13 to 17 fought for first place in the National Final of Rotary Young Chef 2019.

3 busy young chefs

Rotary District 1040 Young Chef competition final 2018

Seven Young Chefs from across Yorkshire and Humberside competed recently in the Rotary Young Chef District Final at Betty’s Cookery School Harrogate.


Young Chef Regional Final 2018

A good day was had by all at the Regional final of the Rotary Young chef competition at Leeds City College on the 10th March

DGE Robert Mophet with competitors and judges

Young Chef District 1040 Final 2017

Six Young Chefs from across Yorkshire, Humberside and North Lincolnshire recently competed in the District Final at Betty"™s Cookery School in Harrogate.

Jack with other East Group competitors

Rotary Young Chef 2016 Scarborough Heat

Jack Miladinovic, winner of the Scarborough heat of Rotary Young Chef, has now won the East Group Heat in York.


District Final Young Chef 2015

District 1040 Final of Rotary International Great Britain and Ireland Young Chef Competition took place at Betty�s Cookery School in Harrogate on Monday 2nd February.


District Final Young Chef 2014

The District Final of this year's Young Chef Competition was held at Betty's Cookery School on 4th February.


Rotary Young Chef 2013-14 Joint 8

Sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Wakefield and Osgoldcross & Elmet, eight students donned their aprons for the Joint 8 Rotary Clubs Young Chef area final at Gaskell's Restaurant, Wakefield College, on Wednesday 20th November.


York Rotary Young Chef for 2013-14

Edward Cass, from Archbishop Holgate School is York Rotary Young Chef of the Year. 27 youngsters from 3 York schools took part in the early stages ofthis years event.


Rotary Young Chef District 1040 Final

The District Final of Rotary Young Chef 2013 took place at Betty's Cookery School on 5th February. Here are some photos, courtesy of Brian Souter.


Rotary Young Chef 2013 East Group

Nine young Chefs competed in the East Area Group competition at York College on 21st January.


Wakefield Young Chef 2013

With her sights set on a career in catering, 16-year-old Emma Firth, from Cathedral Academy, emerged as winner of Wakefield Rotary Club’s first young chef competition.


Young Chef 2013 South West Group

At The Cooking School in Dean Clough in Halifax, the South West Group of Rotary’s District 1040, held its cookery competition recently for senior school children in our area.


Young Chef 2013 Dales Group

The Dales group of Rotary Clubs held its heat of the Young Chef recently

All seven finalists with Dg Roger, DGE Willie and the mayor and mayoress

Rotary Young Chef Regional 2 Final 2011

This year the Region 2 Rotary Young Chef final was held at Harrogate High School on Saturday 19th March.

Winner Luke Andrew

Thirsk Young Chef competition

Rotary Young Chef (RYC) is an annual national competition entered by over 4,000 budding young chefs.


Young Chef District Final 2012

another very successful final


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