Student Wins Ludlow Heat of Rotary Young Chef Competition
A Ludlow College student from the Professional Chef Diploma has won the Ludlow heat of the Rotary Young Chef competition. The 16 yr old, Harriette Davies battled it out against eight other young chefs from Ludlow School, Bishops Castle Community College, Wigmore School and Tenbury High as well as her fellow student Nathan Priday, who was awarded a close runner-up prize.
Tasked with preparing a healthy two course meal for two people with a budget of no more than £10 the students were all under the watchful eye of the judging panel. Led by award-winning local head chef Andrew Birch from Fishmore Hall, who recently represented Wales in part of the Great British Menu, the students had to pull out their best performance.
Andrew commented, “I was very surprised at the high standard of the food that was cooked on the evening. The level that the students achieve has increased leaps and bounds since I was a student. I’m sure a few of them could be stars of the future.” Also assisting with the judging was Rotarian Dr Tony Robinson.
Hariette is keen to keep her dish under wraps as she will be competing next at Shrewsbury College in the semi-final for Shropshire, Staffordshire and most of the West Midlands. However, runner-up Nathan’s two course meal of; seared duck breast, sautéed wild mushrooms, pumpkin puree and a red wine jus, followed by a tea poached pear, with cinnamon shortbread and caramel sauce decorated with spun sugar, gives some indication of the standard.