Category Archives: Young Chef

Devizes Area Young Chef Competition 2019 Final

Last Sunday the Final of the Devizes Area Rotary Young Chef Competition 2019 took place at the Farm Cookery School. Thanks once again to the four competitors – Hannah Blacker, George Maslen, Jessica Raja and Samuel McGibbon – for all their hard work, and many congratulations to the winner Sam, who at the end of the day was crowned the Devizes Area Rotary Young Chef Champion of 2019.

Below are some more ‘photos taken during the event.

Contestants

Supporters

Judges

Meals

Certificates

Paula Winchcombe, President of Devizes Rotary, presenting certificates to the competitors:

Winner Samuel McGibbon with his trophy, and proud mum with his certificate:

Devizes Area Heats Young Chef Competition 2019-20

Just over a week ago the Devizes Area Heats of the Rotary Young Chef Competition 2019 took place at the fabulous Farm Cookery School near Bromham. Thanks to everyone that took part, and in particular thanks to all the competitors who made the day so successful.

Below are some ‘photos from both heats, together with a summary of the results.

Heat 1

Contestants

Hannah Blacker, Josephine Read, Isabel Brown, George Maslen, Lara Mountford

Supporters

Judges

Laura Mayes, Colin Lugg (adjudicator), Beth Hemly, Andrew Alexander

Meals

Certificates

Heat 2

Contestants

Jessica Raja, Charlie Dawe, Odin Bishop, Samuel McGibbon

Supporters

Judges

Meals

Certificates

Results

After a wonderful day during which we witnessed some remarkable young talent at work, the following competitors were invited to take part in the Devizes Area Final, which will take place on Sunday 17th November:
Hannah Blacker
George Maslen
Jessica Raja
Samuel McGibbon
Many congratulations to them all, and good luck in the final!

Rotary Young Chef Competition 2018-19

 

Thalia Cooper, Kiah Cooper, Sophie Strong, Leona Adams, Jake Duckett

Last week the Devizes Area Final of the Rotary Young Chef Competition 2018-19 took part at the fabulous Farm Cookery School near Bromham.

Below are some ‘photos from the event.

 

Contestants

There were four contestants from Lavington School – Sophie Strong, Jacob Duckett, Thalia Cooper and Leona Adams, plus one – Kiah Cooper – from Dauntsey’s.

Supporters

Judges

Theresa Connelly, Giovanni Canpanella, Gretchen Winter, Colin Lugg

Meals

Certificates

Winner

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.

Devizes Area Final of the Rotary Young Chef Competition 2017

Last Monday (27th November) the Final of the Devizes Area Rotary Young Chef Competition 2017 took place at the Farm Cookery School near Bromham.

Four contestants took part, namely Eliza Amer and Maddie Chesterton from Devizes School, and Leona Adams and Harrison Damon from Lavington School.

Thanks to Gretchen, the owner of the school, for letting us hold the competition there again, and to the three judges – Colin Lugg, Laura Mayes and Jackie Truscott – who did a great job judging the high quality work of the four contestants as they prepared their 3-course meals.

One of the things I really enjoy about the competition is that I get to meet and talk to the people that come along to support the contestants. It’s obvious that the contestants very much appreciate the support they give, and they were particularly pleased to see the two teachers that are responsible for Food Technology at their schools, namely Anna Woodman from Lavington School and Tabby Willis from Devizes School.

Anna Woodman and Tabby Willis

Two hours after starting cooking, the contestants could relax a little and stand back to admire their work:

Each competitor was then presented with a Certificate of Participation so that they had a momento of the evening,

When the moment of truth arrived the result was announced  as follows:

Maddie Chesterton  110 points
Leona Adams 119 points
Harrison Damon 133 points
Eliza Amer 125 points

And so    Harrison Damon   was declared the Devizes Area Rotary Young Chef Champion for 2017.  Many congratulations to him, and to all of the contestants for putting on a fantastic show!

Harrison has now been invited to go forward to the Regional Final which will take place at King Alfred School in Highbridge on Saturday 3rd February 2018, so please join me in wishing him the very best of luck in that.

Best wishes

Cliff

Devizes Area Young Chef Competition 2017-18 – Heat 2

Last Monday (30th October) the second heat of the Devizes Area Rotary Young Chef Competition 2017-18 took place at the Farm Cookery School near Bromham.

Four contestants again took part, namely Eliza Amer from Devizes School, and Sam Vowles, Harrison Damon and Sophie Moorehouse from Lavington school. Once again the standard of cooking was fantastic, and they all did their schools, teachers and family proud!

Thanks again to Gretchen for letting us use the Farm Cookery School, and to the three judges – Colin Lugg who is head of catering at The Springfields Academy in Calne, Gianni Campanella who owns the Dolcipani Italian Bakery and Restaurant in Devizes, and Laura Mayes who is Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Skills on Wiltshire Council – for doing a great job judging the competition.

Once again a number of people came along to support the contestants, and they were able to taste the remnants of the 3 course meals after the judges had had their share!

Two hours after cooking had begun all the finished meals were out on display, and there was just time to present each of the chefs with a Certificate of Participation before it was time to announce the result.

Their resulting scores were as follows:

Contestant Score
Harrison Damon 122
Eliza Amer 108
Sophie Moorehouse 106
Sam Vowles 81

This means that the four contestants taken from both heats that will go through to the final are:

  • Harrison Damon
  • Eliza Amer
  • Leona Adams
  • Maddie Chesterton

Please join me in wishing them all the very best of luck in the final which will take place on Monday 27th November starting at 18:30 at The Farm Cookery School.

Best wishes

Cliff

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

Cliff