Cooking up a storm

Sam Young, winner of the regional Rotary Young Chef competition, receiving his trophy from Trinity Rotary president Lesley Bambridge.
Sam Young, winner of the regional Rotary Young Chef competition, receiving his trophy from Trinity Rotary president Lesley Bambridge.

A budding Wisbech chef has scooped the top prize in a heat for the Rotary Young Chef competition.

Sam Jordan (17) was awarded first place in the annual competition and will now go forward to the district final, being held on February 1.

The contest was held at the College of West Anglia in King’s Lynn where students from the Level 2 professional cookery course spent two hours cooking up a storm for the judges in the competition which is supported by the Trinity Rotary Club.

They had a prepare a healthy three-course meal for two costing less than £15, which was then judged by Les Philp, owner of King’s Lynn restaurant Grants, and Colin Rushmore, who is now retired after spending many years running his own establishments.

Sam, who wants to be a pastry chef, wowed them with a spicy parsnip soup starter, followed by pork tenderloin with an apple cider jus and lemon tart for dessert. Mr Rushmore said Sam’s soup was the best he had ever tasted.