Courtney is crowned chef winner

sweet tooth: Competition winner Courtney Fleet creates a delicious dessert. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN) SG121113-464NG
sweet tooth: Competition winner Courtney Fleet creates a delicious dessert. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN) SG121113-464NG

Students showed off their culinary skills at the annual Spalding Rotary Club Young Chef of the Year competition.

The evening began with a cheque presentation for £150 from the Rotary Club to the Callum Pite Smile Fund in memory of the Gleed School pupil who died from cancer.

The competition took place at Spalding’s Sir John Gleed School and saw ten entrants from three schools – Sir John Gleed School, Spalding High School and Bourne Academy – going head to head to produce a two-course menu.

Judges were Robert Presland, of Peterborough Regional College, retired restaurateur Albert Leonard and Ambrish Chandarana, of Spalding’s Woodlands Hotel.

Mr Presland congratulated the chefs on the high standard of the meals.

Courtney Fleet, of Spalding High School, was judged to the be the winner, with fellow High School student Eva Boor second and Bourne Academy student Rowena Bates third.

Courtney will now represent Spalding Rotary Club and Rowena Bourne Rotary Club in the district finals at Huntingdon in January.

Courtney’s winning menu was haddock on a bed of mashed potato with a hint of horseradish, served with glazed baby carrots, trimmed beans and a white wine and cracked black pepper sauce.

Dessert was meringue served with fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries mixed with soft cheese and natural Greek yogurt.

Rotarian Rodney Britten, who organised the competition, thanked South Lincs Foodservice for agreeing to sponsor the competition for a further three years.