Katelyn cooks up a winning dish in Banbury’s Rotary Young Chef final

All eight of the participants taking part in the Banbury final. NNL-160122-161124001
All eight of the participants taking part in the Banbury final. NNL-160122-161124001

Aspiring chefs in Banbury produced a cooking masterclass at the Rotary’s Young Chef competition.

The popular event saw eight young people aged between 12 and 17 produce three dishes for judges and the Banbury heat took place at Banbury and Bicester College last Tuesday.

The judges were impressed with the participant's presentation during the evening. NNL-160122-161112001

The judges were impressed with the participant's presentation during the evening. NNL-160122-161112001

Chenderit School pupil Katelyn Robbins scooped first prize with Ellie Ronaldson of Banbury and Bicester College coming in second.

Ian Calderbank, president of the Rotary Club of Banbury, said: “The judges were very impressed with the food preparation from all the participants and it is a remarkable achievement for Katelyn as she was competing against people older than her.

“We really appreciated the help of Banbury and Bicester College, especially Peter Harvey, and rotarian Bernard Goodchild who helped organise the event and also the Rotary Club of Banbury Cherwell.”

Banbury town mayor Tony Mepham also attended the evening to see twelve-year-old Katelyn go forward to the district final held in Bracknell on February 27.

If successful, she will go on to the regional final for a chance to be in the grand final held in Leicester on April 23.