Aspiring young chefs have impressed members of Rotary clubs with their “restaurant-standard” food at the Young Chef of the Year Competition.
Contestants were given two hours to prepare and cook a healthy two course meal using as many local and seasonal ingredients as possible, for under £10.
Pupils from Catmose College and Casterton Business and Enterprise College, in Rutland and Stamford High School and Queen Eleanor, in Stamford, slaved over several hot stoves to produce “impressive” main courses and “superb” deserts.
Rutland competition judges Colin Bremner and Andrew Nelson had the task of tasting seven two course meals. Mr Nelson said: “Year on year the standards just get higher and higher. We are so impressed.
“This truly was restaurant-class food and all the entrants should be rightly proud of their achievements, as should their teachers.”
Catmose College’s James Carter was Rutland winner.
Seven pupils from Stamford High School and Queen Eleanor, in Stamford, entered the competition.
Kristy Kan Y11, was Stamford winner with her Teriyaki beef in lettuce cups served with miso chicken and rice soup followed by strawberry cheesecake.
Head judge at Stamford, Chris Pitman, said: “I know I say this every year but the standard keeps getting higher and higher. All the desserts were superb.”
Scoring was carried out using a national matrix to ensure consistency.
The winners will go on to represent Rutland and Stamford clubs in a regional heat.