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Rotary Young Chef Competition

21 June 2022  |  A Wilson

A record number of students from Northallerton School & Sixth Form College contested the opening heat of the prestigious Rotary Young Chef competition. 


Eight junior chefs impressed with their skills as the popular competition organised by Northallerton Mowbray Rotary Club returned for the first time in three years following the pandemic.  


Each was tasked with producing a healthy two-course meal against the clock, with a tight budget for ingredients. 


The winner was 15-year-old Lottie, whose ravioli made with fresh pasta and chocolate dessert really impressed the judges. Runner-up was Florrie, also 15, whose turkey mince cottage pie followed by mini vanilla cheesecake, was deemed absolutely delicious. 


Lydia was named as reserve and fellow 15-year-olds Ruby, Katie-Ann and Maddy, plus 14-year-olds Max and India, were also highly commended for their tasty dishes. 


“Congratulations to all the students for making our job so difficult,” said ex-RAF Warrant Officer Nick Wright, formerly of the RAF Leeming catering team, who led the judges. 


“The standard of cooking was the highest we have seen and it’s clear they put an enormous amount of preparation into planning and delivering their meals. Only a couple of points separated the eight students and all of them did a fantastic job.”


Also on the judging panel were Northallerton Mowbray Club youth chair Kevin Hardisty and speaker secretary Janet Crampton. 


Lottie and Florrie now go through to a cook-off with Bedale High School, who will be staging their own heats in the near future. 


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