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Katie wows Young Chef Competition Judges

Rotary Chef Award

Last Saturday, Year 11 student Katie Platt travelled to Lincoln to take part in the National Final of the Rotary Young Chef competition.  She beat 8,000 other students from around the UK to achieve a prestigious  place in the final, where she competed against seven other students. 

The Rotary Young Chef Competition is a well established and successful competition organised and promoted by Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland and sponsored by Filippo Berio.

It is a four stage national competition to support and encourage development of cookery skills. Some stages may have more than one round.


This competition aims to encourage young people to:

 Learn how to cook a healthy meal
 Develop food presentation skills
 Consider food hygiene issues
 Develop organisational and planning skills
 Develop an ability to cope in a demanding situation

After two hours to cook her menu of smoked salmon and spinach fried tortellini,  roasted chicken supreme with a mushroom and herb butter with creamed Brussels sprouts,  potato rosti and crispy chicken skin, followed by Apple tart Tatin, she was exhausted, but very pleased to achieve third place.  The general standard of cooking was extremely high, and the judges had a difficult time picking the winner, however they decided that the student from Scotland should win first place. 

We are all very proud of Katie, she has worked extremely hard to reach this standard of cooking, and really deserves the £100 prize money.  Thanks also go to Mark Vaughan from Vaughan’s restaurant in Weymouth for mentoring Katie and for giving up so much of his time to support her.

 A fantastic achievement, well done Katie!