Two Luckley pupils, Jake and Harriet represented the school at the area final of the Rotary Young Chef competition at LVS, Ascot on 17 January 2019. They qualified for this after winning our school heat. Six students took part at LVS, with Jake and Harriet the youngest competitors. The judges were Chef John Rapello from Bluebells restaurant, Ascot and Chef Loic Fornier from Ascot Grill and Rotarian, and Jean Goff, Rotarian. Harriet and Jake did very well and the standard was extremely high –  very few marks separated them from the overall winner. Harriet was the runner up and Jake was placed fourth. Thank you to the Ascot Rotary Club for sponsoring the Young Chef Competition.

Jake’s menu
Sea Bass with a red onion potato rosti with pea puree
Eton Mess with homemade meringue, a strawberry coulis and mixed berries.

Harriet’s menu
Mince Goulash with paprika yogurt
Baked honeyed mango with raspberry and rosewater coulis with sugared rose petals.

Harriet, as the runner up, was invited to the next round at Newbury College on Saturday 19 January. Unfortunately she was unable to take up her place, but Jake was able to take part instead. Jake produced the same menu but added a starter of ‘Chicken Livers with a Sweet Spinach and Bacon Salad’.  Five students took part and the judges were Mr Malcom Baggott, Chef/Lecturer of Professional Cookery at Newbury College, Chef Laurent Lebeau, Chef Patron at The Red House at Marsh Benham and The Castle at Newbury and Rotarian Ron Howard. Once again, Jake was the youngest competitor and did very well. Unfortunately, he wasn’t placed in the top two but is determined to enter again next year. The judges congratulated all the contestants and said that everyone had performed amazingly well and that the food was wonderful. They thought that there had been such a high calibre of students at such a young age. They said if they hadn’t made it this time that they were not to give up and that they were all winners in the making. Thank you to the Thatcham and District Rotary Club for sponsoring the Young Chef Competition.