Young Chef Competition 2016
A report written by Mrs Kerry Cope from Nelson Thomlinson School
On Thursday 14th January, Amy Higham and Lucy Hetherington took part in the first round Rotary Young Chef Competition. Each pupil had to research, plan, prepare and serve a healthy two-course meal demonstrating a variety of practical skills and work under pressure to prepare their meals within an hour and thirty minutes. The standard of the competition this year was very high and the judges commented that the pupils were all talented young people who made it difficult for them to choose a winner. Their menus were challenging and their table displays were simply elegant which reflected the amount of time that each pupil had invested in the competition.
Due to the high standard of both competitors and the judging being too close to call, both girls went on to represent the school in the County finals held at Dowdales School in Dalton-inFurness on the Thursday 4th February with 10 competitors this year. The standard of the food was again very high and showcased the vast talent that these young competitors have. Unfortunately, neither Amy nor Lucy will progress through to the regional finals but their three fantastic dishes were highly praised by the judges and they should be extremely proud of their achievements.
I would personally like to thank Adrian Hyde (Chef from Overwater Hall) for giving his time and expertise during coaching sessions with the pupils, his experience in this field has been invaluable to the pupils. I would also like to thank Mr Len Baseley & Mr Ian Downes for giving up their time to judge the competition and for supporting the pupils and giving them useful advice based on their years of experience in this field.