Talented chef, Year 10 Oakmeeds’ student, Ella Ward, won the District Semi Final of the Rotary Young Chef of the Year Competition on Saturday 24 January.
Following their success in the first stage of the competition at Oakmeeds, both Ella (first stage winner) and Scott Martin (first stage runner up) were invited to compete against 11 other students from schools across southern Sussex at The Weald school in Billingshurst. The competitors had just 2 hours to prepare and present a 3 course meal for 2 people costing less than £15.
Ella’s menu of Prosciutto and Gruyere cheese puffs served with tomato and rocket salad; Mozzarella Chicken wrapped in Parma ham, served with roasted potatoes, carrots and parsnips and Chocolate pudding served with orange mascarpone cream was beautifully executed and she gained the highest marks from the professional judges.
Ella and four others now go through to the District Final at Brooklands College in Weybridge on Saturday 28 February. We wish Ella all the very best for February.
The Rotary Young Chef is a four stage national competition to support and encourage development of cookery skills. The competition aims to encourage young people to:
l Learn how to cook a healthy meal
l Develop food presentation skills
l Consider food hygiene issues
l Develop organisational and planning skills
l Develop an ability to cope in a demanding situation.
Mr James Gartrell from Burgess Hill Rotary said: “It is a testament to Ella’s fine culinary skills that she has achieved so much so far, and the Rotary Club of Burgess Hill & District wish her all the very best for the next stage of the competition.”
Report and pictures contributed by Oakmeeds Community College.