Published: November 22, 2011
Young chefs compete in the kitchen at Burnham-On-Sea competition

Budding young chefs from Highbridge's King Alfred School have been putting their catering skills to the test by competing in the first round of the annual Rotary Young Chef Competition.

The youngsters, from Years 9 and 10, were required to design, prepare, cook and present a two-course meal consisting of a main course and a dessert with a healthy eating theme.

This year’s chefs were Joshua Pring, Melissa Walter, Megan Manley, Zoe Ashdown, Ryan Hillier and Stephanie Jeffries.

The judges - Andrew Rich and Judy Schroeder - both commented on the high quality of the food presented and said their marking had been very close.

The eventual winner was Joshua Pring with Melissa Walter runner-up and Megan Manley in third place.

The event was organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club, which also provided the prizes.

"All the pupils worked really hard and had a very professional attitude on the night," the Rotary Club's spokesman, George Moon, told

"Joshua's winning menu was stuffed and rolled chicken wrapped in Parma ham, served on a bed of Boulanger potatoes with carrot tulips and a white wine reduction, followed by white chocolate cheesecake with seasonal berries and edible glitter."

All those who entered were congratulated for the standard of their entries and the judges were also thanked for giving up their time.

The next round of the competition will also be taking place in King Alfred School in February 2012.


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