The Rotary Club of Osgoldcross & Elmet were delighted to join with Sherburn High School to hold a heat of the Rotary Young Chef competition. Head of Food Technology, Katherine Howe, arranged for 6 of her students to compete, after school hours, to plan, source and create a two-course meal for two for under £10.
The competition is designed to encourage students to learn how to cook a healthy meal, develop skills in food presentation, food hygiene issues, organisational and planning and an ability to cope in a demanding situation.
Chef and owner, Kirsty, from local restaurant The Queen O’T’Owd Thatch in South Milford, very kindly agreed to judge the competition with Lorna Fassnidge from Sherburn High.
The students – Bethan Slater, Harry Varley, Hannah Stephenson, Max Burdekin, Kennedy Parkinson and Jasmine Bate had 2 hours to prepare, create and present their dishes for tasting.
They were judged on Planning & Preparation, Range of food skills used, Presentation, Skills, Neatness & Hygiene, First Course & Second Course.
All the students presented a delicious meal. Unusually Nigel and I got to taste the food and we would have happily scoffed the lot if given half a chance. We were glad that we were not the judges.
After much deliberation the judges declared Max Burdekin the winner.
All the students were presented with certificates for taking part and £10 expenses. Max was presented with a winners certificate and a £5 gift voucher.
Max will now take part in the York heat on January 15th at York College. The winner of that heat will go on to the District Heat at Betty’s Cookery School in Harrogate. The overall winner of the National Rotary Young Chef will win a prize of a week at a cookery school in Italy kindly given by the sponsor Bertoli.
We wish Max the best of luck.
Very many thanks to Kirsty and Lorna, Katherine and her team from Sherburn High for giving so much time at an extremely busy time of the year.