The first District Semi final of the Young Chef competition was held at South Thames College, Merton Campus on 9 January 2015. This competition round was organised by Rotarian Syd Mair of Staines Rotary and hosted by Rotary Club of Morden and forms part of a national competition. This consisted of three entrants from Morden, Fleet and Kingston upon Thames.
The competition is open to all students in full-time education between ages 11 and 17 and the aim is to encourage young people to learn how to cook a healthy meal, develop food presentation skills, consider food hygiene issues, develop organisational and planning skills and develop an ability to cope in a demanding situation.
The students had to cook a three course healthy meal for two people with a total cost of £15 and the meal had to be prepared, cooked and plated up in a total of two hours.
The winners of the competition were Pryanka Patel from Fleet, and in second place was Macauley Ingram from Morden. Both of these winners will proceed to the district final in Brooklands College, Weybridge on 13th February. Third place went to Erin Woodley-Nash from Kingston upon Thames Club
The meals were judged by Rotarian Giovanni Montebassi, Sonia Duncton and Alberto Crisci, all professional chefs. The Mayor of Merton Cllr David Chung judged the finished meals for presentation and presented the prizes.