Near their workstations at The Lakes School, Troutbeck Bridge, nearing the start time, the sixteen young aspiring chefs ages 12 to 16, about to prepare a balanced meal three-course meal for two people £ 20 or less. With supporters of Rotary clubs sponsors, teachers and parents, the results were eagerly awaited. After what seemed like an eternity, the judges declared the results.
The first was Hannah Bentley, 15, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith, with her menu of broccoli and Stilton soup, followed by Pan Fried Sea Bass, curry cauliflower purée and mango relish accompanied by A dessert with raspberry mousse, kisses with meringue and a raspberry coulis. Hannah was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Penrith.
The judges praised his dessert which they described as excellent.
The finalists were; Kimberley Crossland, 14-year-old Keswick School and Jemima Neal, 12-year-old Queen Katherine School, Kendal. All three are now joining the North West Region Finals on Saturday, March 16th at Kendal College.
Rotary District Youth President Shaun Ashworth presented Hannah with her trophy, a cash prize of £ 50, and vouchers for afternoon tea donated by The Lakeside Hotel. , Newby Bridge.
Commenting on the quality of the meals presented, Judge Richard Booth, chef at The Lakeside Hotel, said, "I've been judging this competition for a number of years now, and every year the quality of food is getting higher and higher. here today, you are all winners. "
Ken Day of the Rotary Club of Ulverston, co-organizer of the event, congratulated the participants and thanked Robin Sharp, head of food technology at The Lakes School, for the use of the facility's facilities. 39 school and chef Graham Gelder of McClures Catering who provided aprons for competitors.