A pupil from King Edward’s Witley turned up the heat in the kitchen this weekend when he competed in the national Rotary Club Young Chef District finals.
Year 9 pupil Sam Warne, originally born in Gloucestershire and now a boarder at King Edward’s, beat off stiff competition from his fellow Year 9 colleagues to be selected to represent the School and compete against 11 other local school winners.
The District finals took place at King Edward’s Witley and required the junior chefs to create three healthy courses for under £15. The only boy competing on the day, Sam showed off his culinary skills with a classy menu comprising Rosemary flatbread with avocado smash, roasted vine tomatoes, mozzarella and pesto; Homemade fettuccine with passata, baby capers, lemon, olives and parmesan shavings finished off with Elderflower steeped fruits with dark chocolate drizzle and honey roasted granola. Cooking in front of an audience of five judges, Sam had just two hours to complete his mouth-watering masterpiece, and finished in third place.
Commenting on his achievement, Sam said, “I really enjoyed taking part in the challenge and it has been an honour to represent the School in such a prestigious competition. I’m pleased with how the dishes turned out on the day and relieved that I managed to complete all three courses in the allocated time. I plan to continue with my cooking – so watch this space!”