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 , Printworks campus, Hunslett Rd Leeds West Yorkshire LS10 1JY.

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 1070 Final(West) 16 February 2019 at Samworth Academy, Leicester LE2 6UA. 
District 1070 Final (East) 9 February 2019  Nene Park Academy, Oundle Rd Peterborough PE2 7EA
Stage 5
Regional Final, 23 March 2019  at Samworth Academy , Leicester 
Stage 6
RIBI (Rotary in British & Ireland) National Finals – District 1040, 27th April, 2019 at The Print Works Campus, Leeds LS10 1JY 

Competition Rules and Entry form


The Young Chef Competition Rules and Competition Entry Form can be downloaded here

Details of the competition are shown 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 direct from the District 1070 competition coordinator


2017/18 District & National Finals Results

To see details of the 2018 National Young Chef Winner Kitty Grosse,  click here

The winners of the District 1070 finals were Caitlin Roche and Lorena Dawes sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Bourne and Ashby de la Zouche Ashby respectively.  Our third entrant in the Regional Finals in Leeds was Millie-Jayne Hynard who was the runner up in the Leicester Final.   The Judges spoke very highly of the standard of cooking particularly at Leicester.  District Governor Chris Davies and Assistant Governor Nigel Aaron handed out the Certificates in Peterborough and Leicester respectively. Then onto the Regional Final in Leeds on 10 March 2018.  There were eight out of nine competitors from Districts 1040, 1070 and 1220 (Region 2).  Lorena Dawes came first and Caitlin came third.

At the national finals  Lorena came second to Kitty but and although she was very disappointed, she did receive a trophy for cooking the dish of the day, a chocolate soufflé.  The head Judge gave her praise indeed stating that he had been teaching the making of souffles to several would-be chefs at his school just weeks before and none had reached Lorena’s standard.

Lorena says “I would definitely recommend this Competition to anyone who loves cooking.  It is a good way to improve your skills and learn more.  For me the support, and guidance you get from the Rotary Clubs, judges and supporters is what makes this experience so special.  I have enjoyed taking part in this Competition.  I have made friends and memories which I wont forget in a hurry.

“Thank you Rotary for the opportunity.”

Lorena Dawes, Winner of the District 1070  Young Chef competition and runner up at the national competition is pictured below.