Rotary District 1040 Young Chef Competition final

Six Young Chefs from across Yorkshire, Humberside and North Lincolnshire recently competed in the District Final at Betty’s Cookery School in Harrogate. Sponsored by individual Rotary Clubs, the young people taking part came from Settle, Grimsby, Sherburn, Boroughbridge, Dewsbury and York.

The young Chefs were asked to produce a three-course healthy meal on a limited budget of £15 within a two-hour time frame. Marks were awarded for a variety of skills from choice of menu, planning, hygiene to the taste and presentation of the meal. The standards of cooking and presentation were of a very high standard.  The judges were Jenny Culver and Chris Taylor from Betty’s Cookery School.

Rebecca Hulse, aged 15, from Settle sponsored by the Rotary club of Skipton, was the winner and will now compete in the Regional Final in Mansfield on 29th April. Rebecca’s menu was a starter of Roasted fig with goat’s cheese and parma ham, followed by a main course of Sea bass with potato and leek cake, vegetable nest with basil yoghurt dressing. For dessert Rebecca prepared a Fruit tartlet with lemon curd filling and a raspberry coulis.

All competitors received a certificate, the winner’s trophy was presented by District Governor Elect Robert Morphet.

Rebecca will be joined in the regional final by Hannah Buckley, aged 14, from Sherburn sponsored by the Rotary club of Osgoldcross and Elmett and Ysobel Sheppard, aged 14, from York sponsored by the Rotary club of York.

The national Rotary Young Chef competition final, sponsored by Filippo Berio, will be held in May.


Photographs by Brian Souter


‘Winnerpr’; Rotary District 1040 Governor Elect Robert Morphet presenting the trophy to Young Chef winner Rebecca Hulse, aged 15, from Settle.


‘553pr’ Young Chefs with judges Jenny Culver and Chris Taylor together with Rotary District 1040Governor Elect Robert Morphet at Betty’s Cookery School.