Young chefs stir it up at Sussex Coast College

Six young chefs from local schools put their culinary talents to the test at Sussex Coast College, Hastings to compete in the Rotary Club of Senlac’s Young Chef of the Year competition.

Students from New Horizons, St Leonards on Sea and the St Leonards Academy took part in the annual event which was held last Thursday (November 10),

The six talented youngsters took to the kitchens at Sussex Coast College to prepare and cook a three course dinner with the hope of scooping the coveted Rotary Club of Senlac’s Young Chef of the Year title.

Students had two hours to prepare a meal and set a table before being judged by local chef and restauranteur, Paul Webbe, and wife of Senlac Rotarian Hazel Sheppard. Paul says the event was a tough nut to crack for those taking part. “It was a fantastic day with the contestants doing brilliantly well under pressure in a strange kitchen and in competition with each other,” he said. “Competition is great for youngsters but it is so important that they learn to cook.”

Despite not achieving a top individual dish the overall winner for her consistency throughout was Megan Warren of St Leonards Academy. Megan will now go on to compete in the District competition to be held in Maidstone in January 2017.

Zachery Allen, also from St Leonards Academy, was runner up and won best main course with a Lamb Kleftiko and best dessert of chocolate Soufflé Baklava.

Brendan Cobra-Lower of New Horizons won the best starter with his pumpkin soup.

For more information on Senlac Rotary which draws members from and serves Bexhill, Hastings, Battle and Rother areas contact Mike Styles, on 01424 843955 or visit the website at: www.senlacrotary.org