Rotary Competition Heats up

05 February 2018 | Hospitality & Catering

Young cooks from across Devon and Cornwall have battled it out to get a step closer to the Rotary Young Chef of the Year title.

The Rotary Young Chef Competition encourages talented young chefs to show off their cooking prowess, pitting them against each other and challenging them to design and cook a three-course meal to present to a panel of esteemed chefs.

This year’s district final took place on Monday 29 January and was hosted in City College Plymouth’s industry-standard kitchens and PL1 Restaurant. The budding cooks worked against the clock to wow the judges and fight for a place in the regional finals.

Open to all students aged 11-17 in full-time education, the four-stage national competition aims to support and encourage the development of cookery skills that they can later use in the hospitality and catering industry.

Chaz Talbot, Academy Manager of Hospitality and Care at City College, said: “We were really excited to host the district final. Competitions like this offer young people a fantastic opportunity to experience the exhilarating pressure that will become all too familiar to them if they choose to become chefs. We have really enjoyed watching this future generation of chefs show off their skills.”

“The young chefs have amazed us all with the level of skill they have displayed,” said Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator, Darren Hands. “The quality of food they produced was astonishing and the food not only looked good but tasted great. The Rotary is proud to be able to hold competitions like this to showcase burgeoning talent and we would like to thank City College for making this possible. Congratulations to the three very deserving winners; we wish you the best of luck in the next stage of the competition.”

The three winners, who will now go through to the regional final in Taunton, were: Florence Spooner from Churston Ferrers Grammar School (first place), Lauren Turvey from Falmouth School (second place) and Joe Mitchell from Great Torrington School (third place).

City College offers a range of courses for aspiring chefs, from full and part-time programmes, to the Junior Chef Academy and Apprenticeships. To find out more, the College is holding a Course Information Drop-in on Wednesday 7 March, 4.30pm to 6.30pm at Kings Road. Visit or call 01752 305300 for more information.

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