FOUR enthusiastic cooks from local schools in Wisbech battled it out for a place in the East Anglia district round of the Rotary Young Chef competition after having qualified in the first round which took place in their own schools.
They were Josh Timms and William Sloan from Wisbech Grammar School and Jade Warrington and James Belcher from Marshland High School.
Held at the College of West Anglia, the competition was judged by Colin Sussams of Somerville School of Cookery in Terrington St John, Jo Hart who studied at Westminster Catering College and was also a gold medal winner at Hotelympia, Roger Almond, Community and Youth Officer from Wisbech Rotary Club and Rotarian Jon Martin who has been in the catering and hospitality industry for over 40 years.
Each student had to cook and serve a three course meal in two hours plus 30 minutes set up time and within a budget of £15.
The standard was high and the students were praised for their efforts.
The winner was Josh, who goes forward to the District Final on March 3.
The prize for the eventual national winner is a trip for two to Tuscany to visit Filippo Berio’s olive groves, a day’s tuition with a Michelin star chef in the UK, and £250.
Wisbech Rotary appreciates support for the competition from both schools and sponsors Elgood’s Brewery and Kier Eastern.