Students put skills to the test in Rotary Young Chef competition

Craven Herald: Students put skills to the test in Rotary Young Chef competition Students put skills to the test in Rotary Young Chef competition

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.

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