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The club's fifth annual Young Chef Competition for students of local schools in Chesterfield was held on Wednesday 25 January 2017.  It was once again organised by the chairman of vocational service, rotarian Ian Gordon, and kindly hosted by Parkside Community School. 
There were three students competing in this year's competition, Holly Hadley (Springwell Community College), Nathan Orwin (St Mary's Catholic High School), and Oliver Warby (Whittington Green School).  They were asked to prepare from original ingredients a starter and a main course.
Competing to a high standard gave the three judges, Eleanor Longden, Adrienne Handley, and Charles Evans, a difficult task in selecting an overall winner, but by a narrow margin they adjudged that Oliver Warby had just managed to pip the others.  He was presented with the cup, and all three competitors not only received a certificate of participation but were congratulated on achieving such a high standard. 


 Young Chef winner Oliver Warby presented with his trophy by president-elect Peter Barr


Details of the home-cooked menu prepared by the three competitors:-


Holly Hadley


Starter:   Vegetable Tartlets

Main:      Trout with Salsa and Salad


Nathan Orwin


Starter:   Garlic Ricotta Stuffed Mushrooms

Main:      Steak with a Peppercorn Sauce, Glazed Carrots, Peas, & Roasted New Potatoes


Oliver Warby


Starter:   Goats Cheese Mini Quiche

Main:      Quorn Canneloni and homemade bread


The three competitors with the judges

From left to right: Eleanor Longden (judge), Oliver Warby, Adrienne Handley (judge),

Holly Hadley, Charles Evans (judge), & Nathan Owen 


Organiser Ian Gordon said: "The judges were delighted with the high standard achieved by all three competitors and we congratulate them for making it such a good competition."  He added: "We have already started talking to the supporting teachers about next year's competition with the thought that it may be held later during the school year to enable even more competitors to take part.'