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Rotary Young Chef Competition

Rotary Young Chef Competition


Young chefs stunned the judges this month with their culinary skills and creations at the Rotary Young Chef Competition.


Students from Steyning Grammar School donned their aprons alongside those from The Towers, Upper Beeding in competing for a place in the next round of the Young Chef Competition. 


The judges, Kate Gover, Kate’s Cookhouse Steyning and Les Nicholson, The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst looked for exciting dishes using, locally produced ingredients, alongside their presentation, taste and balance of dishes from these budding chefs. In making the awards they complemented the students. Les said that he would be delighted to see them in his kitchen at any time and Kate commented that the high standard of food produced led to some very difficult choices, with single marks between the top scorers.


John Dibb on behalf of Steyning and Henfield Rotary Club commented that he would have been delighted to spend good money if the dishes were available in a restaurant. The standard seems to get higher each year.


Molly Walsh was chosen as the winner, receiving a prize of £30 with Lauren Hills the second prize of £20 and the third place went to Lottie Sale with a prize of £10.


Heads of Food Technology at the two schools, Louise Lamb and Wendy Searle, said that those taking part were very calm and collected. The students did it entirely on their own. They really pulled out the stops and produced a fantastic choice of attractive, tasty dishes.  Everyone was very impressed.  All those entered received a certificate of participation and the prize winners will be invited to go forward into the District Semi- Finals.