Young Chef 2016-2017 Competition - Club level round

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The Rotary Club of Senlac held the club level round of the national Young Chef of the Year competition on 10 November 2016. 

Six young chefs from local schools took to the kitchens at Sussex Coast College, Hastings, to cook a three course dinner and try to win the title of Rotary Club of Senlac’s Young Chef of the Year. Students from New Horizons and the St Leonards Academy had two hours to prepare a meal and set a table before being judged by local chef and restauranteurs, Paul Webbe, and Hazel Sheppard. 

Despite not achieving a top individual dish, the overall winner for her consistency throughout was Megan Warren of St Leonards Academy. 

Zachery Allen, also of the Academy, was runner up and won best main course with a Lamb Kleftiko and best dessert of chocolate Souffle Baklava. 

Brendan Cobra-Lower of New Horizons won the best starter with his butternut squash soup. Paul Webbe said,

“It was a fantastic day with the contestants doing brilliantly well under pressure in a strange kitchen and in completion with each other. Competition is great for youngsters but it is so important that they learn to cook”. The winner will compete in the District competition in Maidstone in January. Click here to see how she got on.


Overall winner, Megan’s, menu was:-

Pumpkin and ginger soup with a cheese and paprika scone;

Mushroom stuffed chicken breast on a sweet potato fondant, woodland mushrooms with carrots, purple cauliflower served with a warm thyme soup

Pear parfait enclosed in a chocolate dome served with hot chocolate sauce

The winning individual dishes which will be served to the club at the South Coast College on January 11th (note for Ed; date to be confirmed) will be:-

Butternut squash soup ( Brandon Cobra-Lower)

Lamb Klefitko (Zachary Allen)

and

Chocolate soufflé baklava (Zachery)

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