Students from across the South West recently came together for the Rotary Young Chef of the Year. The competition, which is open to anyone aged 11-17, saw entrants compete to make it through to the District Final, with the hope of eventually being crowned Rotary Young Chef 2017 at the National Competition in May.
This year’s judges included Martyn Baker, Head Chef at Tracy Park, Ron Faulkner, Owner/Chef at Ronnies in Thorbury and Wendy Fowles, retired Domestic Science Lecturer from GLOSCAT.
College catering student Daisy Allan astounded the judges with her menu which included a detached camembert tart with fig and red onion relish, crispy skinned sea-bass with a French ratatouille garnish and a chilli and chocolate orange pot topped with a hazelnut crumb hidden by an orange caramel shard.
The budding chef was pipped to the post by heat winner Charlotte Lane, but will proceed onto the District Final on the 25th February at Cotswold School.
Daisy Allan commented: “The day was really exciting and the other contenders were very talented. I’m so happy to go through to the next round. I have such a passion for cooking so I’m loving every minute of this competition.”
Miriam Garstang, Catering Learning Leader at Citypf Bristol College, said: “The Rotary Young Chef competition provides the College and local employers with an opportunity to encourage more young people into the catering industry.
“The level of talent was incredibly high and it was fantastic to be able to recognise and encourage some of the South West’s young talent. The competition pushed students’ abilities and offered a forum to showcase their skills and knowledge.”