Maya Schofield from Dallam School, Milnthorpe was sponsored by Carnforth Rotary at the District final of the Young Chef competition that took place at Lakes School, Windermere on 7th February. She was one of 16 Rotary sponsored young chefs aged from 12 to 16 representing schools in Cumbria and Lancashire.
Regrettably, she didn’t win, but following the competition brief, she produced an impressive 3 course meal for two people costing under £20.
Maya’s starter was Halloumi Tomato and Basil Tart followed by Charred Chicken Kebab, with strips of chicken breast, peppers and onions marinated in lime and oregano. This was served with salsa and salad. Dessert was Chocolate Orange Brownie, served with cream and fresh fruit. Maya is the girl wearing the blue shirt in the photographs.
Commenting on the standard of the meals presented, judge Richard Booth Head Chef at The Lakeside Hotel said: “I have been judging this competition for a number of years and each year the quality of the meals gets higher and higher, so to all the chefs here today, you are all winners.”
The competition was won by Hannah Bentley aged 15 of Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith, with her menu of Broccoli and Stilton Soup, followed by Pan Fried Sea Bass, curried cauliflower purée and mango relish with a dessert of Raspberry Mousse, meringue kisses and Raspberry Coulis. Hannah was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Penrith. Rotary District Youth Chairman Shaun Ashworth, presented Hannah with her trophy, cash prize of £50 and vouchers for afternoon tea donated by The Lakeside Hotel, Newby Bridge.
The Runners-up were; Kimberley Crossland, aged 14 of Keswick School and Jemima Neal aged 12 of Queen Katherine School, Kendal. All three now go forward to the North West Regional final to be held on Saturday 16 March at Kendal College.
Ken Day (Ulverston Rotary Club) and Anthony Chick (Carnforth Rotary), were joint event organisers. Ken congratulated those taking part and thanked Robin Sharp, Head of Food Technology at The Lakes School, for the use of the School’s facilities and judging chef Graham Gelder of McClures Catering who provided aprons for the competitors.
Photos are courtesy of Carnforth Rotarian Ken McGrath.