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.
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.