Young masterchefs


Young wannabe chefs that live in Thurrock went head to head with each other at the Rotary young chef competition on Monday November 12.

The Rotary Club of Grays came together with the South Essex College (SEC) who ran the Rotary ‘Young Chef’ competition and the competition was fierce.

The event is a four stage national competition designed to encourage the development of cookery skills and was open to all students in full time education aged 11 to 17. This was the first round with the winner moving to the all Essex competition.

The aims of the competition were to learn how to cook a healthy meal, consider food hygiene issues, develop food presentation skills, develop organisational and planning skills and develop an ability to cope in a demanding situation.

The goal was to prepare in two hours, a three-course healthy meal comprising starter, main course and dessert for two people costing less than £20.00.

The competition started at 14.00 hours. The students used the cooking facilities at the South Essex College and the judges were Head Chef Steve Deal assisted by Chef Lecturer Phil Watson from the SEC who had the task of judging the food produced.

At the end of the allotted time the Young Chefs left the kitchen and gathered together in the SEC ‘Waves Restaurant’ where Steve announced the winner who was Sasha Martin from the Gateway Academy.

Sasha will now represent the schools in Thurrock at the Rotary County event. If you wish to know more about the competition please visit


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