Young chefs excel at the annual Rotary Young Chef competition

Charlie Reynolds receives the Young Chef trophy from Rotary Club of Rutland president Malcolm Mann

Charlie Reynolds receives the Young Chef trophy from Rotary Club of Rutland president Malcolm Mann

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NEW facilities at Catmose College in Oakham were used for a hotly contested round of the annual Rotary Young Chef competition.

Competitors from Casterton, Uppingham and Oakham designed their own menu, laid out and decorated table places and cooked a meal of their own choice for two people.

The chefs were not only judged by their abilities in the kitchen but also on presentation of the meals.

Rotary Club of Rutland president Malcolm Mann said he was very impressed by the high standard achieved by all the contestants.

“It is so good to see young people not only proficient at the science of cooking but taking it a stage higher and being artistically creative using the same medium,” he said.

The contest proved difficult for the judges who, after some deliberation, decided that first place would go to Charlie Reynolds, of Casterton Business and Enterprise College.

In second place was Lydia Katsipi of Uppingham Community College and Luke Purcell, also from Casterton, was third.

Charlie will now go on to compete in the Rotary district finals.