Young chefs whip up a storm at Food Central Cheltenham

12 January 2015

Young chefs from across the county will be whipping up a culinary storm at Gloucestershire College’s Food Central Cheltenham Restaurant on Tuesday 13 January, when the fine dining eatery plays host to the semi-final of the Rotary District 1100 Young Chef competition.

Five students from Gloucestershire and Herefordshire will battle it out in the kitchen for a chance to win two coveted places in the district final, taking place in Bourton-on-the-Water on Saturday 28 February.

These include Cheltenham’s own Chakkri Kaewkhamsorh and Eleanor Stratemeier from Winchcombe School, Michael Cavaanagh and Ashley Camm from Bournside School, and Megan Heeley from Lady Hawkins School in Kington.

For the Masterchef-inspired challenge, each budding chef must prepare a three-course, healthy meal for two people in just two hours, for less than £15. The menus will then come under the scrutinous tastebuds of the judges, who are Rotarian Lynne Newell and leading local chefs Robin Dudley from The Greenway Hotel and Jason Cristie from Cowley Manor.

Organiser Marian Lewis said: “The Rotary Young Chef competition is an important national contest for anyone under 17 who is interested in cooking. Rotary is always keen to encourage excellence in any field of interest for young people, and this exciting event provides just that sort of opportunity.

“We have worked with Gloucestershire College for several years now. Gareth Cryws-Williams and the team have always assisted with the organisation of the event and been as enthusiastic as we are to encourage anyone who is interested in catering as a career.”

Gareth Cryws-Williams said: “After hosting the national final of the Rotary Young Chef competition in 2013, we’re delighted to once again be hosting the semi-finals this year, and are looking forward to seeing – and tasting – what the students create.

 “The competition is a great way of teaching young people how to cook healthily; develop presentation and planning skills; and consider food hygiene. These are very important aspects of the catering industry and something we feel very strongly about at Gloucestershire College. We wish all the contestants the best of luck.”

 The winner of this semi-final will go on to compete in the district final and, if successful, the regional finals then the national final, which will take place at Coleg Cambria, Wrexham, on Saturday 25 April.

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