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Dominic wins in Stamford Rotary contest

Young chefs have battled it out in the Rotary Club of Stamford’s annual Young Chef competition, which was held in the home economics department at Stamford High School.

The competition is designed to promote an important life skill, and just as importantly, to be fun. It involves cooking and serving a two course meal for two people within a set time of 90 minutes.

The competition is promoted through the local schools and is open to pupils up to the age of 17. This year there were 13 entrants from the Endowed Schools and Stamford Welland Academy, supported by their technology teachers. Unfortunately one entrant was caught up in the gridlock of traffic caused by an accident on the A1.

The judges for the competition were an experienced team from the Catering Flight at RAF Wittering, Sergeant Steve Hobson and Corporal Michael Jefferson, who also gave the pupils hints and tips for improving their

The winner of the competition was Dominic White, from Stamford School, who was praised by the judges for the visually pleasing presentation and the quality of the meal.

Dominic’s menu was tenderloin fillet of pork with lemon, mint and garlic crust served on a bed of creamy mashed potato infused with olive oil, accompanied by petit pois a la Francoise and roasted butternut squash. The pudding was tangy lemon soufflé with fresh raspberries and crème fraiche.

The runner-up was Lucy Barber of Stamford High School, and third prize went to Erin Davidson of the Welland Academy.

Dominic will now go forward to the next round of the competition in Huntingdon.

The Rotary Club thanked Stamford High School for hosting the competition, the teachers from both schools, the judges from the Catering Flight at RAF Wittering, and the pupils themselves for taking

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