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November 2014 ~Rotary Young Chef ~ Chester Heat

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On 5th November 2014 the local heat for “ROTARY YOUNG CHEF” Competition was held at Christleton High School, Chester and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chester Deva.

Seven contestants had been selected by the Christleton High School to take part, each being required to prepare and serve up a 3-course meal for two people in a limited time.

Competitors in the Kitchens

Competitors in the Kitchens

The Contestants were Maddie MacDonald, Vicky Tate, Jenny Wilkinson, Joshua Jones, Dominika Sadczuk, Emma Duthie and Nathaniel Curtis.

Judging was carried out by Ian Worley the Head Chef at The Chester Fields Restaurant, Chester, points being awarded to each Contestant on all stages of food menu selection, preparation and cooking, through to the final meals presentation.

After what was a close Competition the winner of this Local heat was Dominika Sadczuk, who  impressed the Judge with her menu selection and cooking skills.

Winner Dominika Sadczuk

Winner Dominika Sadczuk

The Winner received a prize of £20 voucher and a certificate and will be invited to go through to the Rotary District 1180 Young Chef District Final to be held at  the Deeside College on Friday 20th February 2015.  All other Contestants also each received a £10 prize voucher and a certificate.

This is a Rotary Competition run Nationally and there will be  Regional Finals, followed by a Rotary National Final to be held in Wrexham on 25th April 2015.

The main Aims of the Competition are to encourage young people, aged between 11 to 17 years old 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.

It is hoped the Contestants were inspired to continue with their studies into meal preparation and consider a career as a Chef in the future.IMG_0237

It was however noted at the end of the Presentation by our Club President Barry James, the dreaded message given out was “Will all Contestants return to the kitchens to do the washing up and tidy the Kitchens !”

Our thanks go to Chef Ian Worley for his measured and fair judging; to Hilary Kelly, Head of Science and Technology at the Christleton School who had organised the use of the Kitchens at the School and to all the Contestants who made it an interesting and rewarding day.

Further details of this Rotary Competition can be downloaded on the web site: www.rotarygbi.org/what-we-do/youth-competitions/         and go to RIBI Young Chef (info Pack)

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