Young Chefs Triumph

Last month saw students from three local Secondary Schools participate in this year’s Caterham Rotary ‘Young Chef’ Competition.

Their task was to produce a healthy three course meal with a starter, main course and a dessert for two people for £20 or under. They had to prepare a table and serve the food at the correct temperature in a time limit of two hours.

The two adjudicators were Michael Pirog, the chef de cuisine at the Surrey National Golf Club and Claude Bertin, a Rotary Club member. Both were extremely impressed with the performances of the 14 participants and they congratulated them all on their preparation, planning, creating a timeline and their choice of ingredients as well as the meals they prepared.

The Food Technology Room at de Stafford School was filled with the sounds of young chefs at work and the aromas coming from their preparations were exquisite. The finished dishes ranged from poultry, fish, meat, lamb, fruits and vegetables through to soups, cheeses, stuffed peppers and sorbets.

Geraint Jenkins President Elect of Caterham Rotary said “By the end of the evening, we were all ravenously hungry and amazed by the delicious food being produced.”

The winner of the Gold Award was Babajimi from Caterham School, who produced a sweet chilli prawn starter, followed by a feta cheese and dried tomato lamb as a main course and dark chocolate bombs as a dessert.

The Silver Award went to Sky-Brooke from Caterham School and Ammon won the Bronze Award from de Stafford School.

Caterham Rotary Club would like to thank the adjudicators for their time and professionalism and massive congratulations to all the students who participated, each of whom have received a Certificate of Commendation.

Babajimi, Sky-Brooke and Ammon will now compete against other Young Chef’s in the Rotary District Competition this month with the next stage being the National Competition.

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Contact: Roger Easter 07861 929857

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