Rotary club holds Young Chef Competition at Swindon College

By Jessica Durston - 13 April 2022

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  • Lindsay Wickens won the competition within the Level 1 category

    Lindsay Wickens won the competition within the Level 1 category

The Rotary club of Swindon North & Thamesdown have been inspiring young aspiring chefs in Swindon this month, hosting this year's Young Chef Competition at Swindon College.

The Level 3 category winners were Marta Tavares and Daisy Long

The Rotary Young Chef competition was split into two separate categories with three teams of two third-year students (Level 3) and 12 individual first-year students (Level 1).

The competitors had to produce a three-course meal, all within a specified budget, and were judged on presentation, flavour and technical skill.

The judging panel consisted of two professional chefs, Steve Matthews and Steve Shore, plus Steve Davison and Chris Ockwell from the Rotary club.

A spokesperson from the Rotary club said: "The standard of cooking was excellent and the judges' task becomes more and more difficult each year."

The Level 3 winners were Marta Tavares and Daisy Long. They were both awarded with a 5" Cook's knife.  The runners up received a 3.5" Cook's knife, and the next team down were presented with a cook book each.

Lindsay Wickens won the Level 1 section and she too was presented with a 5" Cook's knife. The two runners up in the Level 1 category also received a 3.5" Cook's knife each.

The Rotary Swindon North & Thamesdown Young Chef Competition began in 2012/13 and is run in conjunction with Swindon College. After a break due to covid, the Rotary club say they hope that it will now continue on an annual basis as both the College and the students look forward to it.

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