Young Chef Competition 2018 Results

The results of the District Final of this Rotary competition


The results of the District Final of this Rotary competition

Rotary D1110 Young Chef 2018 Results

The District final of the Rotary Young Chef competition was once again generously hosted on Saturday morning at St Katherine’s School, Ham Green, Bristol. The uptake for Young Chef was disappointingly low in the District this year but this did not diminish the talent that was evident in the candidates that progressed directly from their club heats.

The judges: Alex Thompson of Cadbury House; Paul Mingo-West, Head of Hospitality and Chef Manager at St Katherine’s; and Val Hounslow, friend of Portishead Rotary Club, scrutinised planning, costings, creativity, choice of menus and presentation, as well as the taste of the dishes produced. Choosing winners was quite a challenge. Paul Mingo-West explained how the judging criteria delved into the skill sets being used, the complexity of the dishes attempted and how the final presentations could not be judged on appearance alone, explaining that methodical and organised work stations as well as personal presentation were also being assessed.

After laying their tables the candidates had two hours to produce their three courses for two people, one to be laid before the judges and the other for their own tables. Despite an amazing range of dishes, only two candidates were able to progress to the Regional Final and congratulations go to Freya Fairbanks, age 17, of Bristol College, sponsored by The Rotary Club of Bristol, and Hattie Price, age 14, of The Cotswold School Academy Trust, sponsored by North Cotswolds Rotary Club.

Hattie presented an exciting menu of smoked mackerel pate with melba toast and water cress, salmon tagliatelle with crème fraiche and dill, finishing with a vanilla panna cotta with raspberry coulee and shortbread. Her costing details were particularly commented on as of being of an exceptional standard, showing a great ability to plan.

Freya prepared a wonderfully colourful menu of roast butternut squash and red pepper soup with a main course of paprika, roasted breast of chicken with cabbage, smoked bacon, and rosti potatoes and a red wine jus, finishing with a lemon tart with basil and raspberry cream.

As a District we are very happy to be represented by these young ladies at The Abraham Darby Academy on Saturday the 17th of March. From the eight Regional finalists just one representative will go forward to the National Final; we wish both Hattie and Freya the very best of luck.

Gratitude for unfailing ongoing support for this event also goes to the members of nearby Portishead Rotary Club, without whom we would struggle to facilitate such an event. Many thanks also go to all the sponsoring clubs who, through nurturing relationships with their schools and local communities are able to offer such great opportunities.

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