Monthly Archives: October 2017

Devizes Rotary New Member

It was a great pleasure earlier this month to formally welcome Kelsey Greenaway as a new member of Devizes Rotary. The induction ceremony took place on the same evening that Ralph and Bill wele made honary members – click HERE for details – and both gentlemen seemed particularly pleased when Kelsey asked if they would mind posing for a photograph with her.

Ralph, Kelsey and Bill

Kelsey has been getting to know more about Devizes Rotary and what we do since she first saw us cooking at this summer’s beer festival, and has been keen to help out with the various community events and projects that we’re involved ever snce.

Kelsey, Jane & Colin cooking paella at one of our Paella Parties

Kelsey is a Mental Health Social Worker in Wiltshire Council’s Mental Health Social Work Team, and will be heavily involved in the planning and running of the 2018 Devizes Community Area Wellbeing Day which Devizes Rotary are helping to organise for next summer.

Rotary Young Chef Competition 2017-18 : Devizes Area Heat 1

Last Monday (16th October) the first heat of the Devizes Area Rotary Young Chef Competition 2017-18 took place at the fantastic Farm Cookery School near Bromham.

Four contestants took part – Jessica Spratley, Leona Adams and Thalia Cooper from Lavington School, and Maddie Chesterton from Devizes School – and what a great competition they gave us!

Thanks so much to Gretchen, the owner of the school, for letting us hold the competition there again this year, and to the two other judges involved – Colin and Josie – for doing a great job judging the competition.

Thanks also to the people that came along to support the contestants. Pretty nerve-wracking at times having to sit back and watch while the contestants were cooking their 3 course meals, but also fun, and the really good news is that they got to taste the fabulous dishes after the judges had had their fill!

After two hours of hard work the contestants could stand back and admire their work, and as a momento of the evening Alan Martin, President of Devizes Rotary, presented each of them a Certificate of Participation.

The contestants were marked against the following criteria

Criteria Max Points
Costing 5
Planning 10
Healthy choice of dishes 10
Presentation of table including flowers, cloth etc 10
Meal served at correct temperature 10
Neatness of working area and hygiene 15
Taste and presentation of starter 20
Taste and presentation of dessert 20
Taste and presentation of main course 30

Their resulting scores were as follows:

Contestant Score
Jessica Spratley 94
Leona Adams 122
Thalia Cooper 94
Maddie Chesterton 115

Once again very well done to all of them, and congratulations to them for the high standards they showed.

The second Devizes Area Heat will take place next Monday, 30th October. After that the scores of all competitors from both Heat 1 and Heat 2 will be compared, and the top 4 contestants will go through to the Devizes Area Final which will take place on Monday 27th November.

Good luck to them all!

Best wishes