Tue 15 Dec, 2015

Emily Murray, from Falmouth School, took her place in the area finals of the Rotary Young Chef competition in  Truro last week, but finished outside of the top two in a very closely fought contest. The winner, who progresses to the District Final in Exeter on Fri 22 Jan was Dulcie Van Den  Heuvel from Penryn College.


The judges, Philip Oakes (Camborne College) and Dale Mackintosh (Merchants Manor), were  impressed with the calmness of the competitors, even when  one of the Rotary washer upper volunteers, was so keen on what he was doing   washed one entrant’s prepared soufflé dish before she had time to cook it!. Both judges said the marks, although done separately by each of them, were within a mark   for each contestant and that had never happened to them before. All the contestants were very close and after the competition the judges stayed behind to speak with and encourage each contestant about how they could improve their dishes.


Emily receiving her chef jacket emblazoned with the Rotary Young Chef logo.and printed with her name at Falmouth School  Year11 assembly along with her teacher Lauren Jones and Rotarian Tony Robinson.


The Rotary Young Chef Competition in conjunction with the local school provides the opportunity for young people to enter a National Competition. The Rotary Club of Falmouth has worked with Falmouth School in the past with some excellant results. At the local level pupils create and cook a 2 course meal for £10, the winner then proceeds to District Level where they have to produce a 3 course meal for £15. The winner goes through a number of heats to get to the National Final. It does much for childrens' self belief and, for some, gives a real point to education. The school provides the cooking facilities and the contestants, our club offers the opportunity for the contestants to visit a chef at their place of work to advise on how to prepare for the competition.  In Falmouth we are blessed with many first class chefs willing to assist in this process.  The club also provides the Judges for their competition along with certficates for all contestants and prizes for the winners. 

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Falmouth at Falmouth School on Wednesday 21st October the first round of the National Rotary Young Chef competition took place. Judging the competition were Chefs Arty Williams of "The Cove" and Nick Hodges of the "Greenbank Hotel" Each competitor had to design a two course meal of their own choice, purchase their own food, prepare the table and cook the meal for two people within a strict time limit. 

The competitors were marked on costing, planning, heathy choice of dishes, presentation of the table, meal served at the correct temperature, neatness and hygiene, range of skills used, as well as the taste and presentation of the two courses. Marks can be deducted for failure to ‘plate up’ in the allotted time.

The winner was 15 year old Emily Murray who set a very high standard with a Main Course of Salmon with lemon zest and Thyme, served with parsnip mash, leeks and green beans followed by a Dessert of Low fat raspberry cheesecake served with a coulis and topped with fruit.

Emily will now go on to compete in the area final at Richard Lander School on December 5th where she will have to prepare a three course meal. If successful she will then go on to to Rotary District 1175 final at Exeter college on January 22nd. The Rotary Regional final will be held on 12th March and the Rotary National final on 23rd April.