Young chefs taking part in this year’s semi-final of the Rotary Club of Crewkerne annual competition, held at Maiden Beech Academy, served up delicious meals for two. The seven enthusiastic cooks had to prepare a three course meal for two people against the clock. They were marked on the preparation, costings, technical skills in the kitchen, cleaning up, table presentation and flavour of food. The winner Ruby Pattemore, a pupil at Maiden Beech Academy, chose a starter of fresh prawns, avocado and mango salad with homemade bread rolls, followed by mustard stuffed chicken breast, baby new potatoes and seasonal vegetables with strawberry and vanilla cheesecake for dessert.

Ruby who was delighted with her success, had practised cooking the recipes at home before the competition for her parents and grandparents, as a thank you for helping her to choose the menu. Ruby said: “I’m still surprised that I won. I think everyone else did really good as well. It was really fun and a really good experience.” The competition was judged by Kath Kersley, Maureen Fasan and Pam Weller. Kath Kersley said: “They’ve all done amazingly well to do a three course meal from scratch at their age.”

All the young chefs received an apron with the Rotary International emblem and a certificate for taking part from the Rotary Club of Crewkerne president, Iain Rowland. The winner received an additional certificate and a medal. Club president Iain Rowland said: “I think I sampled every one of the meals and would more than happily eat them all again.” Fellow organisers, Rotarians Ron Spencer and Robbie Heyd-Smith agreed that all the competitors had done very well and it had been another successful and rewarding event. Ruby Pattemore will take place in the area final against winners from other schools on February 1st, which will be hosted by Maiden Beech Academy. The Young Chef competition is one of several youth projects run by the Rotary Club of Crewkerne and is part sponsored by Barratt Brothers the butchers and Richard Hall of Oscars wine bar. (Our featured photo was taken by Marion Spencer)

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