Young Chef

District 1070 Young Chef Competition 2019/2020

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 2019 including home schooled, Scout and Guide Groups , Rota kids and interactors.

Please note that the competition is not open to students who are enrolled on a full-time catering course studying for a qualification above “A” level (or equivalent) standard.

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.These are organised by local Rotary clubs and hosted by schools or colleges between September and December.

The winner of each local heat is entered into a district competition

The District 1070 finals are held in February and Regional finals held on the weekends of the 1st & 8th February 2020 or 21st  March 2020 as part of the Regional Youth Expos.

Interested parties should check dates and venues with their sponsoring Rotary club.

The winners of the Regional finals then have the opportunity to go forward to compete in the National Finals on the weekend of the 2nd/3rd May 2020 in Birmingham

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 2019

Stage 2

Rotary Clubs organise a local competition to be held by 31st December 2019

Stage 3

Clubs notify their District Final entrant’s details by 14th January 2020.

Stage 4

District 1070 Final(East) 1st February 2020 The Thomas Deacon Academy , Queens Gardens , Peterborough PE1 2UW
District 1070 Final (West) 8th February 2020 Woodbrook Vale School, Grasmere Rd Loughborough LE11 2ST
Stage 5
Regional Final,  21st March 2020 -Cambridge Regional College King Hedges Rd Milton, Cambridge CB4 2QT
Stage 6
RIBI (Rotary in British & Ireland) National Finals -2nd May 2020 Birmingham College of Food and Technology

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 2019/20 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 1st  November 2019 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   to assist with the organisation of a Young Chef competition.  A copy of these can be obtained direct from the District 1070 competition coordinator


2018/19 District & National Finals Results

To see details of the 2018/2019 National Finals and National Young Chef Winner Sasha Martin,  click here

The winners of the District 1070 finals were Caitlin Roche and Samuel Roberts sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Bourne and Coalville respectively.   District Governor Tim Tucker and Assistant Governor Gloria Heywood  handed out the Certificates in Peterborough and Leicester respectively. At the Regional Final in Bourne on 10 March 2019  there were seven out of eight of the competitors from Districts 1040 and 1070 .  Samuel Roberts came first and Caitlin Roche second.

At the national finals  Samuel Roberts was unplaced . The winner was Sasha Martin , sponsored by the Rotary club of Grays Thurrock.

Samuel  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.

“Thank you Rotary for the opportunity.”

Samuel Roberts , Winner of the District 1070 Young Chef competition  is pictured below.

Samuel Roberts Main Course

Samuel Roberts with lord Mayor of leeds

Samuel Roberts Preparing his meal at national finals