On Tuesday 8 November the Final of the interschool Devizes Area Rotary Young Chef Competition 2018

took place at the Farm Cookery School near Bromham.

Judges from business and industry included: Theresa Connelly, Giovanni Canpanella, Gretchen Winter & Colin Lugg.

Five contestants from local schools competed in the two hour competition which saw them planning, preparing, cooking and serving a delicious three course meal for two guests under £15 using seasonal and local produce. Recipe costings, production plans, menu designs are key features of this competition.

The Young Chef competition is an enrichment activity at Lavington School, and the  Food Technology students are actively encouraged to participate in the national food technology competitions to extend their repertoire of food preparation skills, whilst developing confidence and experience of food production in the food industry.  After submitting a menu design our four young chefs   (Jacob, Sophie, Leona and Thalia) prepared, cooked and served the challenging three course meal in a large scale catering kitchen with an audience of judges and supporters. The judging panel consisted of representatives from business and industry included: Theresa Connelly, Giovanni Canpanella, Gretchen Winter & Colin Lugg.

Many congratulations to all the contestants who did superbly well to maintain a very high standard throughout the competition. However in the end there could be only one winner, and that  was Sophie Strong, who will now be invited to represent the Devizes Area in the District Competition which will take place early in the New Year.

She was highly commended for her technical skills, sourcing and use of seasonal, local ingredients and range of components. 

Starter:

Homemade bruschetta platter including: garlic oil sundried tomatoes with mozzarella / cream cheese and smoked salmon.

Main course:

Pork loin, seasonal vegetables with roasted potatoes fondant and a honey mustard sauce

Dessert: Chocolate fondant with raspberry cream.