On Thursday 13th December, Richard Lander School hosted the regional round of the Rotary Young Chef competition. Our students, Tiffany and Dexter, along with other round 1 winners from all over Cornwall, had spent weeks working hard to design delicious 3 course meals, for 2 people, to cost no more than £15. They needed to impress professional chef judges Andrew Basso, from 15 Cornwall, and John Felton, from Gylly Beach Café.
Supper at Tiffany’s comprised of a starter of stuffed mushrooms with goat’s cheese, a main course of chana masala with warm chapattis and a dessert of mint and dark chocolate mousse. Dexter’s menu began with timbale of smoked haddock; served on granary toast with fresh watercress with a lemon and mustard dressing, followed by chicken breast stuffed with home made pesto, wrapped in bacon and cavelo nero, served on a bed of crushed baby potatoes. Dexter finished his menu with tarte au citron. The pressure was on to produce these culinary delights in under 2 hours to our student chef’s own exacting standards and this was only intensified by the presence of TV cameras! We welcomed BBC Spotlight into school to cover the event and many of our students enjoyed seeing both competing students cooking on live TV and Dexter being interviewed.
We are delighted to tell you that both students executed their menus to perfection and Tiffany was awarded 3rd place for her seemingly simple, yet wonderfully tasty, menu, while Dexter won 1st place with his adventurous and delicious meal. Announcing Year 7 student, Dexter as the eventual winner, the two judges praised his work ethic, his confidence and the consistency of his cooking, adding that the quality of his starter had “blown them away”.
Rather than cook the same menu as the previous round, Dexter chose to change all three dishes – giving himself a huge amount of work to do.
Both Dexter and Tiffany left with armfuls of trophies and prizes including vouchers for meals at Gylly Beach Café. They will also be having their own chef’s whites made as part of their prize.
Both students now go through to the next round and we wish them the very best! Thank you to Truro Rotary for organising this fantastic competition and thank you to the judges for their expertise and enthusiasm.