Rotary Young Chef

A Cooking Competition for young people aged 11 to 17

Cooking is a valuable life skill and an interest to many, it is important to encourage and develop creativity in young people and this includes creativity in the kitchen.


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The competition is open to all students who are in full time education and between the ages of 11 and 17 on 31st August. Those in part-time (day release) education, or in regular part time employment in the catering trade are not eligible to take part. 

The Competition

Contestants are challenged to prepare and present a healthy three-course meal for 2 people within a pre-set budget and time limit, which is judged by an expert panel.

The competition is held to encourage young people to:

  • Develop cookery skills & learn how to cook a healthy meal 
  • Develop food presentation skills
  • Consider food hygiene issues
  • Develop organisational and planning skills
  • Prove their ability to cope in a demanding situation
  • Benefit from the impartial feedback and assessment of performance by experienced adjudicators

The Four Stages of this Competition:

  • Local Heats – To be arranged by Rotary clubs
  • Regional Finals 
  • National Final 


Download the 2021/22 competition Information Pack and contact your local Rotary club for an entry form.


For more information, please email

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