Young chefs in Banbury encouraged to apply for Rotary competition

Keaton Ward, runner-up in the Banbury heats of the Rotary Young Chef Competition last year. Picture by Philip Brodey. NNL-150123-164423001
Keaton Ward, runner-up in the Banbury heats of the Rotary Young Chef Competition last year. Picture by Philip Brodey. NNL-150123-164423001

The Rotary Club of Banbury is putting out a call to young people who want to develop their cookery skills and take part in their Young Chef competition.

It is open to all students in full time education between the ages of 11 and 17 and comprises four stages local, district, regional and national.

The first stage is taking place at Banbury and Bicester College in January, with competitors being asked to prepare a three-course meal costing less than £15.

Rotary club member Bernard Goodchild, who is overseeing the event, said: “The scope for personal development is enormous and that the competition really boosts the confidence of those involved. The food produced is like a restaurant, the process is so innovative and creative and its finished to such a high standard.”

The competition is being held with the aim of encouraging young people to learn how to cook healthy meals, develop organisational and planning skills as well as the ability to cope with demanding situations.

As such those participating in the competition will be given a great deal of support. Not only will competitors be given support by executive chef Jim Eaves, but those who apply will also be able to use the facilities at the college to practice in advance.

Students can enter the competition by enquiring at their school or college, or can call Mr Goodchild on 01295 279227 for an information pack and application form.