Helena and Julia Cook up a Storm
nternational Fifth Form pupils, Helena Kraft and Julia Walter, cooked up a storm at this year’s Rotary Young Chef competition, which took place at The Quantock Restaurant in Taunton last week.
Rotary is one of the world’s largest and most successful global humanitarian service organisations, with over 470,000 members helping to tackle challenges at home and abroad. As part of this work, they hold Youth Competitions, designed to let young people’s skills flourish.
The Rotary Young Chef competition is a well-established and successful competition, giving amateur chefs the chance to put their culinary skills to the test. Judged by leading industry professionals, entrants plan and prepare a healthy three-course meal, including a starter, main course, and dessert for two people, costing less than £20.00.
The competition encourages young people to learn how to cook a healthy meal, develop food presentation skills, consider food hygiene issues, and experience high-pressure situations.
After surviving the local heats, Helena and Julia entered the district finals, where as individuals, they produced two delicious meals.
For her starter, Helena produced a roasted vegetable roulade, with her main course comprising of oven-baked salmon with a light herb sauce, roasted new potatoes, and fresh seasonal vegetables. This was rounded off with a delightful quark and raspberry fool.
Meanwhile, Julia whipped up a delicious roasted asparagus starter, served with mountain ham and aioli. Her main course, a chicken parmigiana baked in a rich tomato sauce, with new potatoes and roasted broccoli, went down a treat. Dessert was a sophisticated tarta de Santiago.
Judged on a range of specifications, including costing, planning, presentation, and taste, the girls received some valuable feedback, with the judges complimenting their final dishes.
Visiting cookery and skills tutor at King’s College, Ati Lewis, who helped the girls train for the competition, said: “This is the first time that King’s College has taken part in the competition, and so this is a fantastic achievement for both Helena and Julia.”
She added: “I really wanted them to have fun on this day, especially as they had not cooked much before. I was hugely impressed by what they achieved. The competition was certainly fierce and our girls proudly demonstrated their skills and expertise.”
Published on: Wednesday, January 30, 2019