Young Chef

District 1070 Young Chef Competition 2019

About the Young Chef Competition

This is a competition for  young people  who  enjoy cooking. Cooking amongst young people is a valuable life skill often  motivated by TV chefs and  media.

This competition is open to all students in full time education between ages 11 and 17 on 31st August 2018.

Please note that Students who are in part-time (day release) education are not eligible to take part.

Entrants plan and cook a healthy, economical three course meal for two people, develop their food presentation skills and gain experience in high pressure situations.


Full details of the eligibility criteria are in the competition rules.

As well as culinary skills the competition encourages the development of  good  organisational skills ·

Rotary Clubs provide talented Young Chefs  the opportunity to participate in a local round of the competition.

The winners of the club round of the competition go onto the District and Regional finals held in February 2019.

The winners of the Regional finals then have the opportunity to go forward to compete in the National Finals held on 27th April 2019 at Leeds City College Leeds, West Yorkshire.

The National final is sponsored by Filippo Berio, and gives entrants the chance to put their culinary skills to the test and be judged by leading industry professionals.

Whether you’re keen for a culinary career or just an enthusiastic home cook, this competition is a fantastic opportunity.

This is well worth the hard work; a trip to Tuscany and a cash prize.

Competition timetable


Stage 1

Rotary Clubs reserve a place in the District Final by 3rd November 2018

Stage 2

Rotary Clubs organise a local competition to be held by 15th  January 2019

Stage 3

Clubs notify their District Final entrant’s details by 22nd January 2019.

Stage 4

District Final (East) February 2019 District Final (West)   February 2019  Venues and dates to be finalised
Stage 5 Regional Final, March 2019, Date and Venue to be finalised
Stage 6 RIBI (Rotary in British & Ireland) National Finals – District 1040, 27th April, 2019  contact Gill Poole RIBI

Competition Rules and Entry form


The Young Chef Competition Rules and Competition Entry Form can be downloaded here in the Young Chef Competition Information Pack.

Entry forms or requests for further information should be sent to the District Organiser, Fay Barrett.

( n.b Club reservations for the District Round of the competition should be made by Friday 3rd November 2018 with Fay Barrett to ensure that your entrant from the club round has a place. Places are limited. Rotary Clubs can download a reservation form for the District 1070 round of the competition  here )

Guidance Notes for Rotary Clubs

Guidance notes have been produced for District 1070 clubs  with chefs  interested in entering the Young Chef competition District rounds of the competition to assist with the organisation of a Young Chef competition.

A copy of these can be obtained from the District 1070 competition coordinator


2017/18 District & National Finals Results

To view the results of last year’s District 1070 round of the Young Chef competition just click here 

To see details of the 2017 National Young Chef Winner Tabitha Steven, the youngest ever winner of the competition click here