Rotary Young Chef Competition



It was certainly interesting timing with Ed Balls the Secretary of State for Education and Children making an announcement in the House of Commons regarding cooking in school only a couple of days after the first ever Rotary Young Chef Competition in the West Area. This was featured heavily on BBC News, and as a result Rotary were invited to arrange for the winner of the Area Final to go on BBC News live with Adam Warden a teacher from the winning school; Twyford C of E School, Acton.

Whilst there are a lack of cooking facilities in schools this does not mean that children are unable to cook or are unaware of what good food is.

Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland are currently running a national Rotary Young Chef competition and the standard of the competition is fantastic with students between 12 & 17 competing against each other.

During the competition the students are judged on the: -

Nutritional balance



Good hygiene and safety

Skills demonstrated

Appearance and presentation

Texture & taste

The competition is sponsored across London by Shana Foods who cover the cost of the ingredients for preliminary rounds plus the Area and District Finals. They also provide prizes for the winner and runner up in each Area Final, and the District Final.

The winners of the Area events have the opportunity to go on to the District Final and potentially The Regional Final. If they are successful in the Regional Final they can then go onto the National final.

The type of foods that was prepared in the recent West London Area final held at Thames Valley University were: -

Salmon Fish Cakes & Sauce

Seafood Risotto with Rocket & Basil Side dish

Chicken Fried Rice


Lamb & Lemon Stir Fry

Ghanaian noodles with Chicken Sauce

Glazed Salmon

Pacific Pasta with Chilly Sauce

From the standard we experienced at the Area final the competition is being well received and the winner will truly have earned the title of national champion