Rotary Young Chef Competition

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The Rotary Young Chef Competition is an annual national competition for students organised by Rotary Clubs across the country. The local Dacorum round is organised by the Rotary Clubs of Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead.

At the Dacorum area final held in late 2017 in the Food Technology Suite of Kings Langley School, Year 10 student Katie Poyner, from John F Kennedy School, was the overall winner. Katie's Meatballs with homemade pasta and tomato sauce followed by a Dessert Trio impressed professional judges Paul Patterson, Liz Panter and Grant Young with its ambition and execution.

Second place went to Josh Purdie of Hemel Hempsted school, who cooked Sea Bass with wilted spinach followed by a Raspberry Mouse with chocolate-dipped biscuit, while third place went to Jess Carmichael of Ashlyns.

In addition to the trophy Katie won a £50 Waitrose voucher, a hardback cookery book and the opportunity to develop a recipe for the competition sponsor a2 Milk.

Both Katie and Josh went on to represent Dacorum at the Regional finals that took place in February at North Herts college in Hitchin. Katie was declared the overall winner at that District Final having produced a three course meal in just two hours. The judges were extremely complementary about the standard of all of the food produced and described her dessert in particular as “exquisite


The judges commended all the students on the quality of the food they produced, their understanding of the processes involved and its presentation.  The judges continue to be impressed by the improving standard of food produced at this competition and said that many of the dishes could already be served in a professional restaurant. They hoped that by entering Young Chef, the competitors are equipping themselves with a life skill, and positioning themselves for a career in the industry should they choose to move in that direction.

for more information contact Rotarian Paul Bentall via our contact page