8th March 2014, what a lovely day it turned out to be! The Rotary Young Chef District Final Competition that was being held at One for the second year.
The best part of the whole event was meeting the seven finalists and being given the privilege of watching them prepare and serve some of the most exciting dishes of food we have ever had the opportunity to judge and assess. They had previously won their heats in the respective schools and then went on to the semi-final and now the final, no mean achievement! The organizational skills, the preparation and cooking techniques and the professional demeanour of all the candidates were exemplary. All the contestants and their families should be justly proud of their achievements at this event.
Many of the techniques displayed by these young people, such as the preparation of fresh pasta and fresh Pitta breads are ever only aspirations of chefs working in hotels and restaurants up and down the country, so the standard of the competition was remarkably high.
The two winners, Phoebe Hart from Bury St Edmonds & Sam Jordan from Kings Lynn will be going on to the Regional final at Westminster Kingsway College in London, produced menus for which any professional caterer would be delighted with and they both, provided three outstanding courses for the two judges to assess.The judges, Peter Senior and myself were astounded at the quality of the work with which we were presented. We had to go back to these dishes for a second helping, just to make sure we’d got it right, sad I know but someone has to do it!
Article written by Heather Gray (Teacher of Food Technology at One) and Peter Senior (Rotarian)