Master Chefs of tomorrow show their flair!

Hundreds of future chefs from local schools and colleges are taking part in Young Chef Contests across the country sponsored by Rotary International in association with Filippo Berio and in the Havant and Waterlooville area; we have found some great talent in the kitchen.

Seven students aged 13 to 17 representing South Downs College, Hayling College, Park Community School and Warblington School prepared a two course meal in the South Downs College kitchen and were judged on their cookery skills and presentation by three independent judges, Margaret Taylor, Helen Kimbell and Sarah Hancock.

Given 90 minutes to cook their menus, the students were required to present their dishes on a decorated restaurant table layout of their own design. The standard was very high and impressed the judges on their ability.

The competition winner was Harry Gatehouse from South Downs College with Sophie Stafford-Way from Park Community School as runner-up for the second year in succession.

Awarding prizes donated by Kenwood DeLonghi of Havant and Amefa (formerly Richardsons of Sheffield), Rotary Club of Havant President Chris Heath praised the students on their efforts and thanked all those present who supported the event, particularly the student’s parents whose encouragement was so very evident.

All the students received a recipe book and certificate in recognition of their performance at the contest from The Rotary Club of Waterlooville’s President Sue Deyes.

Winners of the local heats go forward to compete in district, regional and UK finals with the overall winner given the opportunity to go to Italy.  Last year’s overall winner, 15 year old Isabelle Chavez from Fleet took the top chef title the prize of a trip to Tuscany for the live harvesting and cookery experience, courtesy of generous sponsors Filippo Berio. Isabelle was also treated to a one-day cookery experience at Auberge Du Lac, under the tutelage of Michelin-starred head chef Phil Thomson.

About mikew

Retired from Royal Navy after 30 years before becoming a Resource (and later Deployment) Manager with DERA (now QinetiQ) and now retired for the second time! Interests include being a volunteer at the Kings Theatre Portsmouth (recently retired as Trustee Director). Church Warden at Holy Trinity Blendworth. Secretary of our Rotary Club's Community Service, Vocational and Youth Committee for 2012-14. Currently the Club's Secretary.


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