Rotary Young Chef - West Area Final



This years competition was held at Hammersmith and West London College.

As always the day was very successful with the students participating in the event preparing and serving an excellent selection of meals.

The competition was very close but in the end the judges decided that:

The winner was: Caitlin MacGregor

The Runner Up: Zoe Cleveland

Both from: The Ellen Wilkinson School For Girls

Aims of the Competition

This competition aims to encourage young people to: - Develop cookery skills - Develop food preparation skills - Consider healthy eating options - Prove their organisational and planning skills - Prove their ability to cope in a demanding situation


The competition is planned for students in full time secondary school education. However, students doing NVQ level 1 (or National equivalent) in catering colleges may enter this competition. Students must be aged 17 years, or under, on 31st August 2009 for the 2010 competition.

Consequently some entrants may be 18 years of age at the time of the Finals.


For the Preliminary and Area Heats entrants were asked to prepare the following; entrants were required to avoid the use of nuts in their dishes, in case there were people in the kitchen who have a nut allergy.

1. A healthy, one course main meal suitable for two people 2. The cost of the ingredients must not exceed £4.50, although additionally contestants were able to select one product from the Shana range which will be provided at no cost. 3. Contestants were expected to work from a Time Plan and marks were given for this, cooking skills, presentation of dish, flavour and texture of the final meal. 4. Contestants could use convenience foods but credit was given for cookery skills, e.g. if you make your own pastry, within the 1 ½ hours time limit.