Christina brings home the bacon

Saffron scented monkfish with a pea risotto, a dish prepared by Christina Welz, the winner of the Banbury heat of the Rotary young chef competition. NNL-150123-164434001
Saffron scented monkfish with a pea risotto, a dish prepared by Christina Welz, the winner of the Banbury heat of the Rotary young chef competition. NNL-150123-164434001

A beetroot and pancetta salad has helped a Banbury and Bicester College student win the local heat of a Rotary national competition.

Christina Welz, 16, of Shenington, beat four other local young chefs to take the top spot in a contest to design and produce restaurant quality food on a budget of £15. The local heat was run by the Rotary Clubs of Banbury and sponsored by the Trustees of Banbury Charities.

Christina, who will go forward to the regional heat at Sandhurst, on February 28, cooked a menu of beetroot and pancetta salad with grilled goats cheese, saffron scented monkfish with a pea risotto and chocolate mousse with raspberry coulis.

She said: “It was nerve- wracking producing the food to a time limit in a competitive environment. Everyone was very supportive of each other but it still creates pressure. I am really pleased to have won.

“I want to be a pastry chef when I finish my studies and this will certainly add to my experience.”

She was presented with her trophy by Banbury mayor Sean Woodcock at The Cherwell Restaurant at the college on January 20.