Young Chef Competition

If you happened to be walking along Steyne Road one Saturday morning recently and you were captivated by an aroma of five star cooking it may just have been from the Young Chefs Competition which the Seaford Rotary Club organised at Seaford Head School. This was a new venture for the Club with entry limited to students from the school as part of their house competition.
Each chef was required to cook a healthy meal for two people consisting of a main course and a dessert in one and a half hours and costing not more than £10 which was then judged by Stefano Diella, owner of Diella’s Restaurant in the town and former professional chef Jim Charlesworth who travelled from Aldershot to help with the judging.
The cost of ingredients was covered by the Rotary Club who also provided prizes for the winners.
This was the first time any of the competitors had entered a cooking competition and the main comment from the judges was of the high standard they had all reached. Each one had produced at least one outstanding dish which made judging very difficult. On the judges score sheets there was only half a mark between the overall winner, Lushanna Qosja and second placed Ben Philipson both of whom will now go forward in February to the next stage of the national Rotary competition where they will be required to cook a three-course meal.
Paul Vaesen, Chairman of the Club’s Youth Services Committee congratulated all the chefs on what they had achieved and thanked the school representatives and the judges for all their help. Certificates were then presented to all the competitors and prizes to the winners by Rotary Club President Mike Roper.
Following the success of this inaugural competition plans are already being discussed to make this an annual event.

posted: Saturday, 4 November 2017

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