Eight talented young chefs put their cooking skills to the test in the local heat of the Rotary Young Chef competition organised by the Dales Rotary Clubs.

The competition – held in Craven College’s state-of-the art kitchen – attracted entrants from Ermysted’s Grammar School, Skipton Girls’ High School, South Craven School, Ilkley Grammar School and Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Otley.

The young chefs were challenged to produce a healthy two-course meal within 90 minutes.

Lead judge John Eaton, head of hospitality and professional cookery at Craven College, said: “Year on year we see the skill, professionalism and creativity of the young chefs continue to rise making it increasingly difficult for the judges to arrive at a winner and this year was no exception.”

Top honours went to Kieran Brown, 13, from Prince Henry’s Grammar School, with 13-year-old Emma Walker, of Skipton Girls’ in second place.

Kieran’s winning menu offered a main course of chicken ballotine with fondant potato and olive tapenade followed by a dessert of lemon posset and seasonal berries.

He will now compete in the Yorkshire and Humberside regional heat at Betty’s Cookery School in Harrogate in January.