Young chefs in Spalding bake-off

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Or at least they should, having recently organised the Rotary Young Chef Competition – also known as Spalding Rotary bake-off.

Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, the more well-known judges from the popular television series, were replaced by food lecturer Philip Sammons from Peterborough Regional College and retired local chef Albert Leonard.

It was they who oversaw the technical challenges and signature bakes as 14 enthusiastic young chefs from Spalding High School, Spalding Academy, Spalding Grammar School and Bourne Academy competed in the annual event.

It fell to Rotarian deputy president John Syson and Mr Ron Britton of competition sponsors South Lincs Food Services to present certificates to winner Charlotte Wortley, of Spalding Academy, second placed Ellie Keeble, of Spalding High School, Ben Rees, of Spalding Grammar School, and Gabriella Ndlova, of Bourne Academy.

In January Charlotte Wortley will represent Spalding and Welland Rotary Club and Gabriella Ndlova the Bourne Rotary Club in the 2017 District Finals.

The challenge, which took place at Spalding High School, was to cook a main course and dessert for two people in just 90 minutes – within a budge of £10.

Mr Syson congratulated all the entrants on their “excellent cuisine and interesting menus” and said the judges were impressed with the high standards.

Event organiser Rotarian Rodney Britten said the standards this year were again excellent.

He said: “This is a popular competition which encourages many young people to go on to study food science and catering at university.”

Mr Britten said South Lincs Food Services has agreed to support the Spalding Rotary bake-off for another three years, covering the full costs including all prize money, and reimbursing the students’ food costs.