Young chefs serve up a treat in cook-off contest

Young Chef winner Lucy Towle (left), Lauren White and Bryony Marshall (left) are pictured with Stapleford Park head chef Martin Furlong.'PHOTO: Supplied

Young Chef winner Lucy Towle (left), Lauren White and Bryony Marshall (left) are pictured with Stapleford Park head chef Martin Furlong.'PHOTO: Supplied

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Schoolchildren have been taking part in their own Masterchef-style cook-off at Stapleford Park Hotel.

Twenty young chefs from secondary schools in the Melton borough got involved in the annual Young Chef competition organised by Melton Mowbray Rotary Clubs.

Three youngsters, who already proved themselves in the heats of the competition, whisked, chopped and baked enthusiastically to produce healthy three-course meals.

This was the first of two sessions to help the winner, Lucy Towle, from Belvoir High School, prepare for the Rotary district final taking place in February with the two runners-up also being given the opportunity to take part.

Stapleford Park’s head chef, Martin Furlong, said: “I’ve been so impressed with everyone’s enthusiasm and talent. Coming into the hotel provides them with hands-on experience as well the atmosphere of a busy kitchen.”

Eric Sylt, on behalf of Melton Mowbray and Melton Belvoir Rotary Clubs, said: “We know from past experience that the winners of our Young Chef competition are always thrilled to be given the opportunity to hone their skills in the kitchen at the Stapleford Park.

“They are always complimented on the quality of their meals, their careful work in the kitchen and think it’s a real privilege to be treated to lunch in the hotel restaurant.

“Their parents are also delighted and said the unique and inspirational opportunity offers their children great prospects the further they go in the competition and for their future.”