Young chefs cook up honours

PUBLISHED: 11:22 14 July 2009 | UPDATED: 15:11 20 February 2013

Abi Bebb

Abi Bebb

Rotary Young Chef - Finals 2008

Elena Pegg and Oliver Lowe are Rotary's Young Chefs of the Year for Staffordshire and Shropshire.
Elena, a student at St Joseph's College, Stoke-on-Trent, prepared an exciting dish of Roast salmon with a parmesan and pesto topping to win the senior group at the finals held at Stafford College. Oliver, who was judged to be best in the Intermediate group, prepared a dish of Seared tuna (marinated in garlic oil and pan fried) with creamed potatoes and cradled vegetables. Oliver is a student at Oldfields School in Uttoxeter.
The competition requires each student to prepare a healthy options meal for two with ingredients costing no more than £6.
Philippa Bourne, a student at Westwood College in Leek, who prepared Stuffed chicken surprise was second in the senior competition.
Third in the Senior competition was Will Granger from Ludlow School, with a dish of Roast cod with a herb crust and parsnip mash.
In the intermediate competition Abi Bebb, from Thomas Adams School in Wem came second with her Salmon Raft and Nathan Gorman, from Thomas Alleyne's in Uttoxeter was third with his dish of Seared tuna steaks with mango salsa and spring onion mash.
The competition was judged by Rotarian Margaret Weale, a food writer, Bob Timmins from Derby College and Alison Malcolm from Stafford College.
The two winners received prizes from Wedgwood, one of the sponsors of the competition.
In the next round, held in Cheltenham, Elena and Philippa were in competition with students from all over the Midlands and South Wales for just one place in the London Finals. Both girls did extremely well, but just missed out on the coveted final spot.

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