Talented young chefs served up a feast of mouthwatering dishes last Tuesday at the Rotary Club’s Young Chef of the Year competition.
Held at Banbury & Bicester College, five youngsters cooked a selection of different meals for a place at the district final in Bracknell on February 8. Seventeen-year-old Hayden Rushby came first with Emily Chalk taking the runner up prize.
Rotarian Bernard Goodchild said: “Everything ran really smoothly and the judges were extremely complimentary of the young people, especially because they remained totally calm in a pressured environment like this.
“The event is aimed at helping personal development and is exactly what the Rotary Club wants to promote.
“This is a first experience for many of the chefs who have competed and they did really well.”
The event is sponsored by Banbury charities and is organised by both Rotary Clubs of Banbury.
It was judged by Jim Eaves, head chef from Banbury House Hotel, Jim Cunningham, tutor at Banbury and Bicester College and Joy Webb, formerly involved in food and health at Cherwell District Council.