Stortford College Senior School pupil, Jin Phung, clinched the Rotary Club
District Young Chef of the Year title after a spectacular culinary performance.
arriving at Chelmsford College for the district cook-off, accompanied by
teacher Mrs Hood, the sixteen year old from Great Dunmow immediately set
his table and proceeded to fold the linen napkins in a most intricate manner.
His menu was printed on acrylic and was admired by everyone in the presentation
judges were impressed with Jin’s knife skills straightaway; ten minutes later,
he decided to add a tiny bit of his finger to the starter! However, they
commented on the methodical way he conducted his cooking and the fact he never
lost focus or his cool, even when he could not locate the sea bass fillets, the
star of the main course!
timing was slightly off as he had to work with his hand in a latex glove but he
was only a few minutes out. The spectators were all amazed by the end results
and said they would pay for a three-course meal cooked by him, even if their
meal was delayed.
the judges placed the participants, they commented on the high quality of all
of the participants, saying that they were the top chefs they have seen in the
last fifteen years. After the third and second places were announced, it was no
surprise to all present that Jin was the outright winner. He received a set of
beautifully balanced but very sharp knives and, as soon as his measurements go
through, will be awarded a chef’s jacket.
judges gave feedback to all the competitors, but especially to Jin, whom they
all felt ‘could go all the way’. The teacher from Chelmsford College asked to
keep his menu, to show her students what a bit of imagination could produce.
She also said Jin could become a top chef as he already had so many skills.
will now go forward to represent the Rotary Club district in the Regional
competition at Westminster College. He will be mentored by Shane King, a
professional chef, who will be visiting Bishop’s Stortford College to critique
his cooking after half term.