Cooking Up Success Together

One Year Nine Congleton High student, Sam Vale, was recognised for his outstanding skill, culinary flare and creativity in the semi-final of the 21st annual Local and District Rotary Club Young Chef Competition, securing top placing with his delicious menu.

The seven contestants from four regional schools, including Congleton High and Eaton Bank, were required to prepare and present a two course meal within a pre-set budget and time limit, which was judged by an expert panel. Congleton High’s Sam cooked his way into first place with his Chinese themed main course of Char Siu Pork, Egg Fried Rice and healthier option baked Spring Rolls, followed by Swiss Roll and Raspberry Coulis, all prepared with a range of locally sourced products.

Ben Simpson, also from Congleton High, who came second in the previous heat, competed in the semi-final too, preparing his delicious Italian Chicken with a duo of desserts - Rosé Raspberry Jelly Shot and Chocolate and Raspberry Mousse. Ben worked exceptionally hard on the night, delivering two fantastic courses but, unfortunately, didn’t make the top three, achieving a Runner-Up placing on this occasion.

Sam and Ben were presented with their certificates and trophies by Tony Graves, District Governor Nominee for the 1285 District of the Rotary Club in Great Britain and Ireland, Darryl Houghton, Manchester Marriot Executive Head Chef and John Bainbridge, Head of HR at Manchester Marriot.

Following this heat, which was held at Congleton High’s Box Lane site, Sam will now go on to represent the school at the District Final early next year.


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