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Last week we got the pleasure of hosting this year’s Young Chef competition in our stunning new catering facilities. This competition is run by Folkestone Hotel and Catering Association with the four Rotary Clubs of Folkestone, Hythe, Channel, and Romney Marsh co-sponsor the event.
This event invites 10 young people from the local areas to compete in the hope to win this round and go onto the regional level of the competition. This included one of our own students who competed last Thursday.
The young chefs were given a 15 minute briefing about the competition and the kitchen facilities they were working in and then the one hour timer started.
The young chefs got hard to work creating their dishes whilst the judges went round the room asking them questions about themselves and the dishes they were preparing. The task set was to create a healthy main dish, plated for two costing £10.
As the one-hour timer came to a close the young chefs had to present their dishes and the judging commenced. This year the judges were Marcin Szelag Executive Chef at Rocksalt, David Hoseason Executive Chef at Burlington Hotel & Greig Hughes Chef Parton at Bao Baron. The judges scored based on the student’s methodology and preparation during cooking, knife skills as well as dish presentation, and you can’t forget about taste.
This year’s winner was Stanley (Year 7) from The Harvey Grammar School with his dish of freshly made tortelloni with a ricotta and basil stuffing drizzled with chili oil and crispy onions. Stanley won £50 cash from the Folkestone, Hythe & District Hotel & Catering Association (FHDHCA) as well as a £50 voucher from Rocksalt, and tour of their kitchen. As the winner, Stanley also has the chance to compete at the next stage of the competition at regional level. We wanted to say a big well done to Stanley.
We also want to say a massive congratulations to the competition’s runner up which was one of our own students Isabel, with her dish of salmon with chili & pesto served with crushed garlic potato and asparagus wrapped in Parma ham. Isabel won £25 from FHDHCA and we hope also will be accepted into the District competition.
We want to extend our congratulations to all those who came and cooked at Young Chef this year, all your dishes looked incredible.
Daniel Sanguiseppe, Chairperson of FHDHCA and Ray Johnson, President of the Rotary Club of Folkestone, thanked Ann-Marie Jones, Kathy Harrison and Connor McConville at the college and congratulated the organiser, Kate McNeice (Folkestone Rotary) for putting on such a wonderful event. They also congratulated each of the contestants for such a high standard of culinary expertise. The contestants received a cookery book and a certificate to show that they had competed in a high-level competition.