Young Chef 2015

Posted on: 12/11/2015

A class of budding young chefs took part in the annual Rotary Chef of the Year Competition. Last week it was the internal round where they competed for the top spot, to win a place at the district event. The competition involved producing a two course meal for two within a set budget, time limit and under the critical eye of the judges. 

Christopher Hunt, Year 8 won the judges over with his fragrant Thai Chicken Curry and fresh vegetables. Followed by his Orange Delight dessert which was strawberries served with delicate flavoured orange biscuits served with a light orange cream. 

Alfie Betts, Year 10, wowed the judges with his two course menu of Bruschetta with vine tomatoes, red onion with homemade pesto and a crumbling of marinated feta cheese. Followed by a succulent chicken breast stuffed with mozzarella cheese wrapped in crisp Parma ham, served with a creamy smooth mash potato and sweet honey roasted carrots with a drizzle of delicate tomato, lemon and basil sauce. 

Leading up to the event, Mr Anderson, Head of Languages and past chef in another life, had been honing their skills and giving them lots of hints and  tips on how to go and improve their cooking and presentation skills. 

Our guest judges for the day were Sue Evely (Past teacher at GTS, now a representative on Rotary Committee) and Tom Lewis (Head Chef at Petroc College) and Mrs Lorraine Kenneally (our local PSCO) came in to both judge and present the prizes. 

The winner of the local round was Christopher Hunt followed by Alfie Betts in second place. Both won a place in the district final at Petroc College today. 

Both Alfie and Christopher were both excited about today's competition and they both did a sterling job under pressure in a very close competition.  The end result was Alfie gaining 3rd place in North Devon with Christopher just missing out being placed.  The Rotary Club praised all the youngsters who took part and said they were greatly impressed by the originality, skills and competence of all the competitors.  Picking the winners was a really difficult choice and everyone did so well. 

The school has a successful history in the competition with previous pupils having progressed to the district and regional heats. Well done both of you, we are extremely proud of your achievements. 

 

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