Photograph: Competitors in the Rotary District 1070 2014 Young Chef competition pose with District 1070 Governor, Margaret Morley. Competitors in the Rotary District 1070, 2015 Young Chef competition (South ) with District 1070 Governor, Ken Billington.

DISTRICT 1070 – YOUNG CHEF 2015

29 Rotary Clubs provided talented competitors aged between 13 and 17 for the District Finals held this year in Hinchingbrooke School in Huntingdon and Lutterworth College. Certificates and Prizes were presented by District Governor Ken Billington and Assistant Governor John Saunders, and contestants were congratulated for their excellent results, having all previously won their local competitions. District Final (South) At the Huntingdon District Final (South) on 31st January, judges Mick Gunney, and Roger Sanderson tasted a wide range of dishes, and agreed that the standard of cooking skills was very high, to the credit of the contestants and their teachers, and the support of their parents and local Rotary Clubs.

The winner in Huntingdon was DAISY LAMBERT, aged 16, from Northampton High School, supported by Northampton West RC. Daisy’s winning menu was:-

  • Baked crumbled Goat’s Cheese with a Poached Pear and Cranberry Salad.
  • Crispy fillet of Salmon served with Polents Chips, grilled Asparagus with a Grematola and Butter Sauce
  • Fruit Tartlets with Crème Patisserie and Coulis.

2nd place was awarded to JESSICA MURFIN, aged 15, of St. Ivo School supported by RC of St. Ives. 3rd place went to MOLLY HATCHER, aged 14, of Ruskington St. George’s School supported by RC of Sleaford. A special award was made to BEN LUKEY of Hinchingbrooke School, supported by Huntingdon Cromwell RC, for the best under 14 entry; and TOM ROBERTS of Manor School Sports College supported by Thrapston and Raunds RC received a special commendation. District Final (North) At the Lutterworth District Final (North) on 7th February, judges Roger Sanderson, Colin Derrick and Jill Buswell were in agreement with the judges at the Southern competition about the standards of cooking and support for the competitors, and decided that the winner was FRANKIE HUDSON, aged 16 of the Sponne School, supported by RC of Towcester. Frankie’s winning menu was:-

  • Smoked Mackerel Pate wrapped in Scottish Smoked Salmon served with Melba Toast.
  • Chicken Kiev stuffed with a Garlic and Parsley Butter served with sautéed Asparagus, roasted Sweet Potato Wedges and a Garlic Foam.
  • Lemon Heaven.Tarte au citron, Lemon and Limoncello Posset and a Lemon, White Chocolate and Coconut Truffle.

In 2nd place was MARY HARPER, aged 15 of King Edward VII Community College, supported by RC of Coalville, with 3rd place awarded to Madelaine Burdett Kirk, aged 13, of The Dixie Grammar School, supported by RC of Market Bosworth.
DAISY and FRANKIE went to the Regional Final at The Grimsby Institute on 14th March 2015, where DAISY was the runner up – a huge achievement! Well done to both girls.

Northern Area Winning Dish

Photograph: Competitors in the Rotary District 1070 2014 Young Chef competition pose with District 1070 Governor, Margaret Morley.

Recipe for a Young Chef Competition

Photograph: Competitors in the Rotary District 1070 2014 Young Chef competition pose with District 1070 Governor, Margaret Morley.

Competitors in the Rotary District 1070 2014 Young Chef competition pose with District 1070 Governor, Margaret Morley.

With the understanding of the importance to health and wellbeing, many young people are now very interested in cooking and these days, cook well. Additionally, recent government initiatives to bring cookery back into the mainstream school curriculum and the Jamie Oliver “Healthy Eating” promotion have added increasing status to the subject.