Budding young Burnham-On-Sea chefs battled it out on Thursday when they took part in the nationwide Rotary Club Young Chef Of The Year cooking competition.

Six students from King Alfred School were invited to prepare a healthy, two-course meal comprising a main course and a dessert on a budget of £7. They were allowed 15 minutes preparation time and 90 minutes to cook their meal.

The event, organised locally by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club, was held in King Alfred School’s Food Technology department and was watched by Rotary Club members and guests via a video link in an adjacent room.

The competition was won by Joe Burns (pictured right) with a mouth watering menu of baked cod wrapped in bacon with asparagus followed by amaretto mousse.

Joe was presented with the RCH Brewery Cup and a gift voucher as his prize. Runner up was Jordan Robinson and both he and Joe will go through to the next round of the competition which will be the Rotary District competition to be held in February.

Rotarian George Moon, who organised the competition, together with the Rotary committee said: “Congratulations to everyone who took part. The standard of work was excellent.”

The competition was judged by Matt Ayres, head chef at the Battleborough Grange hotel, and President Roy Twining and his wife Sue.

At the end of the evening, George thanked everybody who had taken part and in particular Bev Gore, the Head of Food Technology at King Alfred School.