Young chefs cook up treats in Melton Mowbray Rotary Clubs’ annual competition

Winner of the Melton Rotary Young Chef competition Megan Smith (right) with runner-up Lauren White EMN-141212-151024001
Winner of the Melton Rotary Young Chef competition Megan Smith (right) with runner-up Lauren White EMN-141212-151024001
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Schoolchildren have been taking part in their own Masterchef-style cook-off.

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

The youngsters whisked, chopped and baked enthusiastically to produce healthy two-course meals.

Winners were Megan Smith, of Long Field Academy in Melton, and Lucy Towle, of Belvoir High School in Bottesford.

They will now compete in the Rotary District Young Chef final in Leicester early next year.

Judges made Lauren White and Bryony Marshall runners-up in the competition.

The judging panel was this year joined by Martin Furlong, the head chef at Stapleford Park Country House Hotel.

The winners and the runners-up will receive a couple of sessions of culinary coaching at the hotel and a fine dining lunch as their prizes.

l Young people took part in a public speaking competition at Quorn Lodge Hotel in Melton.

The occasion was the annual Melton Rotary Youth Speaks event for schoolchildren in the area.

Contestants tackled diverse topics such as boys’ attitudes to education, space travel, school meals and the salaries paid to professional footballers and celebrities.

Both the senior and intermediate categories were won by teams from Catmose College in Oakham.