Schoolboy Carlo Cifaldi was following in the footsteps of his restaurateur father, Joe, when he won Spalding Rotary’s Young Chef competition.
The Spalding Sir John Gleed pupil was one of 14 young cooks rising to the challenge of creating a main course and dessert on a budget of £10.
Spalding High School and Bourne Academy pupils also took part.
Second place went to Sophie Gale and third to Robyn Kendall.
The Bourne winner was Chloe Dakin and now Chloe and Carlo will go on to represent their towns at the district final in January.
Robert Presland, for the judges, congratulated contestants on their innovative menus and winners received cash prizes and certificates from Ron Britton, of sponsors South Lincs Food Services.
Carlo’s winning menu was Polio Ripieno – chicken breast stuffed with Parmesan and served in a cream and cheese sauce with sauteed potatoes and broccoli – and Zabaglione, an Italian sweet of eggs, sugar and marsala served with warm Savoiardi biscuits.
Competition organiser Rodney Britten said: “This is a popular competition which encourages many young people to go on to study food science and catering at university.”
He said standards this year were again excellent.
The competition was held at Spalding High School.