Rotary Club Cookery Competition

17 November 2017

Tuesday 14th November saw budding chefs from Penryn College participate in the Rotary Young Chef competition.  The four entrants had a budget of £15 from which they had to purchase ingredients to prepare a three course meal for two people.  Points (a total of 150) are awarded for choice of menu, presentation, planning hygiene and range of skills used.  The event was judged by local chef, Jose Valles-Ortiz.

Items on the menu included Beetroot Ravioli, Roasted Duck Breast and Lemon Cheesecake.

Organiser, Rotarian Jim Henderson, said “The competition was terrific.  The students displayed such fantastic skills and passion for cooking.  The cooking was of the highest for several years and none would have looked out of place in a restaurant.  Choosing the winner proved very hard” 

Judge Jose had an almost impossible task as his final totals for all the contestants scored so closely.  Jim said “This was the 8th year he had been responsible for hosting Young Chef and had never seen such a high standard with close scoring, only 2 points between all 4 contestants.  The youngest competitor is only 13 so it bodes very well for next year’s competition”.  Runner’s up were Sebastian and Naomi.  Mia took second place with Gabriel winning overall.  Gabriel and Mia now go through to the Cornwall Area Final at Cornwall College at the end of November.  All four students were awarded a prize from Penryn Rotary Club.