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Rotary Young Chef 2017 District 1200 Final

The Final of the Rotary Young Chef District 1200 Competition took place a couple of weeks or so ago, with the Devizes Area being represented by Elizabeth Woodward from Lavington School.

Although Elizabeth wasn’t chosen to go through to the Regional Final, she once again cooked brilliantly, and did herself, her family and the Devizes Area proud, so well done Elizabeth!

Below are some ‘photos from the event.

Best wishes



The supporters

The resulting meals

Elizabeth receiving her certificate


Devizes Area Final of Rotary Young Chef 2016-17

Having experienced two fantastic heats last month, everyone was very much looking forward to the final of the Devizes Area Young Chef 2016-17 Competition which was held last Monday (7th November) at The Farm Cookery School near Bromham. The contestants that had made it through from the heats were Beth Bogert, Bella Paxton, Elizabeth Woodward and Jocasta Wellard.

img_2751Once again it was an incredibly close run thing, but in the end the winner was …

Beth Bogert

with Elizabeth Woodward coming a very close second – in fact there was only one point in it! So, many congratulations to Beth, and good luck to her in the District Finals which will be held between January and mid-February.

Finally, thanks once again to everyone involved for making the competition a great success, including the contestants, their supporters, Gretchen (owner of the cookery school), the judges and members of the Rotary Club of Devizes who organised the competition.

Photos from the event are shown below.



The Participants



From left to right in the above picture: Contestants Beth Bogert, Bella Pacton, Elizabeth Woodward and Jocasta Wellard, all of whom are pupils at Lavington School.



From left to right: Judges Georgina Enthoven, Sheila, Colin Lugg, Gianni Campanella, Gretchen.

Below is a ‘photo of the certificates each contestant would receive, plus one of the trophy for the winner.

Let’s Cook!

Let’s Eat!


The Display Table





The Result



Rotary Young Chef – Devizes Area Heat #2

Five more budding young chefs took part in the second heat of the Devizes Area Rotary Young Chef Competition 2016-17 yesterday evening. Again the standard was quite remarkable and big congratulations go to all those who took part, particularly the winner Elizabeth Woodward whose homemade apple crumble and custard comes highly recommended!

I can also announce that the two highest scoring chefs from both heats were Bella Paxton and Jocasta Wellard, which means that the lineup for the Devizes Area Final (which will take place at The Farm School in the evening of Monday 7th November) is:

Beth Bogert
Elizabeth Woodward
Bella Paxton
Jocasta Wellard

Meanwhile, a photo diary of Heat 2  is shown below.

Best wishes,


The Contestants


From left to right in the above picture: Zara Hues, Jocasta Wellard, Elizabeth Woodward, Zoe Davis, Thomas Dixon.

Getting ready


Let’s Cook!



Anxious Supporters


Let’s Eat!



The display tables

The chefs with their meals


From left to right:


  • Starter:Smoked mackerel pate with homemade toasted bread
  • Main: Bacon & Leek risotto with a Parmesan swirl
  • Dessert: Chocolate fondant with a drizzle of cream


  • Starter: Baked Pomelo mushroom with cheesy Gruyere, crunchy toasted bread crumbs and fresh herbs served with spicy green salad
  • Main: Grown ups cod fish finger with Parmesan crumbs served with hit roasted tomatoes, steamed long stemmed broccoli and homemade soda bread rolls
  • Dessert: Bread & butter udding with brioche and apricot jam and homemade vanilla custard


  • Starter: Prawn cocktail served in a homemade sauce
  • Main: Homemade burgers with rolls and coleslaw made with homemade mayonnaise and oven cooked wedges
  • Dessert: Homemade apple crumble with a homemade custard on the side


  • Starter: Spicy salmon fishcakes
  • Main: Special Friday night chicken
  • Dessert: Apple and blackberry crumble


  • Starter: Asparagus fried in butter with almonds toasted in butter
  • Main: Grilled chicken in a home made marinade with roasted vegetables
  • Dessert: Plain cheese cake with caramel sauce

With their certificates


The winner & runner up


Elizabeth and Jocasta

Devizes Area Final

The area final will take place on Monday 7th November when Elizabeth and Jocasta will be joined by Beth and Bella to battle it out to see who will take the title of

Rotary Young Chef Devizes Area Champion for 2016-17

Rotary Young Chef – Devizes Area Heat #1

Six budding young chefs attended the first heat of the Devizes Area Rotary Young Chef Competition 2016-17 last Friday evening at The Farm Cookery School near Bromham. It was a fantastic evening with all the contestants astonishing the three judges with their culinary skills.

Many congratulations to all those who took part, particularly the winner Beth Bogert who was one of the youngest competitors in the heat. Congratulations also to the judges who did a terrific job under very difficult circumstances given the quality of all the entrants, and finally thanks to the parents who provided all the support and encouragement needed to help develop some great Young Chefs!

A photo diary of the evening is shown below.

Best wishes,


The Contestants


From left to right in the above picture: Bella Paxton, Beth Bogert, Oliver Barnes, Sophie Moorehouse, Eliza Amer and Amy Ross.

The Judges


From left to right: Gianni Campanelli who owns the Dolciapani  bakery in Devizes, Colin Lugg who is head of catering services at the Springfields Academy in Calne, and Gretchen who owns The Farm Cookery School near Bromham where the event was held.

Getting ready


Mums and dads help the contestants unpack their ingredients etc before the competition began

The Judges do their rounds


Preparation well under way


Judges compare notes while parents look on

Courses arrive for tasting


Judges inspect the display tables

The contestants with their meals


From left to right:


  • Starter: crunchy coconut prawns with a sweet chilli dipping sauce
  • Main: Sweet potato and chickpea curry with basmati rice
  • Dessert: Cool mango min cheesecake


  • Starter: Flat mushrooms stuffed with bacon, onion, garlic & herb cream cheese with a bread crumb cheese topping
  • Main: Chicken & leek pie topped with rough puff pastry served with carrots & green beans
  • Dessert: Chocolate brownie served with warm chocolate sauce and fresh raspberries


  • Starter: Sweet chilli king prawns on a sourdough toast garnished with fresh corriander
  • Main: pan-fried lamb flavoured with risemary & mint, with sauteed potatoes and fresh green beans servied with a red wine condiment
  • Dessert: Layered Eton mess in a glass including strawberries, raspberries whipped cream and meringue


  • Starter: Home made vegetable soup
  • Main: Thai-green chicken curry with lemon infused rice
  • Dessert: Coconut creams with poached rhubarb


  • Starter: Mini savory quiche with creamy goats cheese and sun dried tomatoes in a home made short crist pastry case with rocket leaves
  • Main: home made lamb meatballs in a rich tomato sauce with cous cous
  • Dessert: Mini cheesecake with a biscuit base, a layer of caramel and Nutella, cream cheese on top


  • Starter: Italian flat breads topped with a salad of tomatoes, red onion, basil, olive oil, and shredded mozzarella
  • Main: Risotto with salmon, fennel and peas
  • Dessert: Individual pear and raspberry crumbles with ginger served with freshly whipped cream

The contestants with their certificates


The winner

In an extremely tough field with some outstanding young chefs the winner was:


Extremely well done Beth, a very worthy winner! 

Heat #2

Heat #2 will be held tomorrow evening (17th October) when six new contestants will battle it out for a place in the area final.

Devizes Area Final

The area final will take place on Monday 7th November when the winners from both heats plus the two contestants with the next best marks from both heats will battle it out for the title of

Rotary Young Chef Devizes Area Champion for 2016-17


Rotary Young Chef 2016-17 – Devizes Area Heats

young-chef-logoThe first Devizes Area Heat of the Rotary Young Chef competition will take place on Friday 14th October at the Farm Cookery School near Bromham ( starting at 18:30.

The second heat will then take place on Monday 17th October, and the Devizes Heats Final will take place on Monday 7th November.

To download copies of the Instructions to Competitors plus the other documents involved, click HERE.