Young chefs sizzle into next round of contest

Students from Oakmeeds Community College are presented with aprons from Nikki Sharp (bottom left) the owner of the UK Cook Shop, Market Place shopping centre, Burgess Hill.  Pic Steve Robards SR1525029 SUS-151020-114823001
Students from Oakmeeds Community College are presented with aprons from Nikki Sharp (bottom left) the owner of the UK Cook Shop, Market Place shopping centre, Burgess Hill. Pic Steve Robards SR1525029 SUS-151020-114823001

The Rotary Club of Burgess Hill & District invited Oakmeeds Community College students to get involved in the Rotary Young Chef competition.

Taking place on Tuesday October 20, each student had to cook a three course meal for two people within a two hour period, and with a budget of £15.

Winner Rose Groom and runner-up Haydn Waller SUS-151026-095034001

Winner Rose Groom and runner-up Haydn Waller SUS-151026-095034001

The students had to prepare their own menu and cook the food for display and tasting.

The winner was Rose Groom and Haydn Waller was runner-up of the competition which took place at Oakmeeds.

Both Rose and Haydn will proceed onto a Rotary district semi-final competition, and from there, they could progress further to the Rotary district final, Rotary regional final and Rotary national final heats.

The independent judges who gave up time from their busy schedules to assess the students’ culinary skills were Dan Hockaday and Catherine Philpots from the Coach and Horses pub at Danehill.

The seven students who took part were also presented with chef jackets by local business owner Nikki Sharp, owner of the UK Cook Shop, who sponsored the competition.

James Gartrell stated: “This Rotary Young Chef competition is a really fantastic community project, which enables budding young chefs to develop their culinary skills in a competitive environment.

“The Rotary Club of Burgess Hill and District are very grateful that Oakmeeds Community College have chosen to be involved with this project, and we would like to thank Christine Munanura for coordinating this project for Oakmeeds.”

Report contributed bythe Rotary Club of Burgess Hill & District.