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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

Devizes Rotary Young Chef Competition 2017

Entries for the 2017 Devizes Area Young Chef Competition are now open!

The heats will take place at The Farm Cookery School, Bromham during the evenings in October, and these will be followed by the local final in November 2017. The local winner will go on to the district final in February, and the winner of that will take part in the regional finals in March. The National finals will be held in May.

Aim
To have fun (essential!) while preparing a meal comprising starter, main course and dessert for two people costing less than £15.

Entrants
Must be in full-time education between October 2017 and May 2018 and be aged between 11 and 17 on 31st August 2017.

More Information
For more information including a link to the online entry click HERE

There are a maximum of 32 places, and the closing date is Sunday 8th October 2017, so DON’T DELAY!