Young Chef 2016

Rotary Young Chef Competitions

Regional Finals

Jamie Butterworth and Charlotte Robinson did a great job in representing our district and were worthy finalists.

District 1190 Young Chef 2016-17


  • Winner: Jamie Butterworth: Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ulverston
  • Runner up: Charlotte Robinson: Sponsored by the Rotary Club Millom
  • Runner up: Ellen Gledhill: Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Windermere

The Cumbria and Lancashire heat of the Rotary National Young Chef Competition was held at the Lakes, School, Troutbeck Bridge on Thursday 16 February.

Ten students from schools across the Counties took part, producing a healthy, three course meal for two people to be cooked in under two hours. The winner was Jamie Butterworth 15, from Ulverston Victoria High School with his dishes of King prawns on cannelloni beans with bacon and pine nuts; Chicken pie with broccoli, green beans and roasted new potatoes; and for dessert Lemon posset and shortbread. Joint runners-up were Charlotte Robinson 14, from Millom School and Ellen Gledhill,13, from The Lakes School. All three now go forward to the North West Regional Final in Rochdale with the National Final, which is sponsored by olive oil specialists Filippo Berio, is being held in Lincoln on 13 May.

The Judges, Richard Booth, Head Chef at Lakeside Hotel, Steven Doherty of The First Floor Cafe at Lakeland Ltd and Marc Sanders, Resort Chef at Low Wood Hotel, agreed that the dishes prepared by all the students were of the highest quality that would have done justice at many fine restaurants. Marc Sanders said “This is a fantastic competition. There are wonderful opportunities in the hospitality industry here in the Lake District and this event opens the door to those who may wish to pursue a catering career.”

Michelin Star Chef Steven Doherty, gave expert guidance on how the dishes could be improved, while Richard Booth presented three most generous gifts of afternoon tea for four at Lakeside Hotel, with an invitation to a day's work experience in his kitchens.

Ken Day of the Rotary Club of Ulverston, who has organised this event for the last three years, said “I have loved doing this. The standard is always so high. A great deal of credit must go to the teachers whose enthusiasm has clearly been imparted to the students. It would be nice to see more schools entering next year, which they can do by contacting their local Rotary Club.”  Mr Day added. “I am very grateful for the judges who give their time so freely and I really must thank Lakeside Hotel for their wonderful gifts.”