Pupils have been showcasing their culinary skills in The Rotary Club of Leek’s annual Young Chef Competition which saw pupils from both St Edward’s Academy and Churnet View Middle School take part.
Rotarian Michael Readman said: “The challenge was to prepare a healthy meal from scratch with marks being awarded for such things as cost, planning, presentation of the table and the range of skills used plus, of course, the taste and presentation of the dishes. Six chefs from each school took part and the range and quality of the dishes was excellent.”
The chief judge for the contest at Churnet View was chef Chris Rooney from La Popote Restaurant near Congleton, and at St Edwards the chief judge was chef Emma Bettany from the Peak Weavers in Leek.
Mr Readman said: “The judges both commented on the enthusiasm shown by the students and on the quality and variety of their dishes.”
The winner at Churnet View was Eleanor Forsyth Cox with Sydney Critchlow in second place. Eleanor prepared yellow chicken curry with sticky jasmine rice followed by chocolate orange brownies, while Sydney prepared sweet and sour chicken with rice followed by American blueberry pancakes with ice cream and chocolate.
All who took part in the Leek Young Chef Competitions are to be presented with a cook book together with a certificate. The first and second placed students from each school will also receive an additional reward of a book token.
Carole Hawthorne from Leek Rotary Club said: “Congratulations to all the students who took part and produced such mouth watering dishes. We would like to thank, not only the students, but also their parents for the support and encouragement that they have given. Thanks also to Kate Buxton at Churnet View and to Jakki Lansley at St Edward’s for all their help in organising the events in their schools.”
Good luck to Eleanor who has been invited to take part in the District Final of The Rotary Club’s Young Chef Competition at Stafford College in February.