Something's Cooking in our Kitchens!

Young chefs from across the South East converged on New Line Learning’s kitchens for a Rotary regional cook-off contest.

The youngsters, sponsored by five different Rotary clubs - Senlac (Hastings) Darenth Valley, Chesterfield, Medway Sunlight Club and Strood – attend St Leonard’s Academy, Lingfield Academy, Kent College Canterbury and Strood Academy.

It is the sixth year the Rotary event has taken place at NLL and Carolyn Bassett, Executive Secretary of Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club and Assistant Governor (West) of Rotary District 1120 said: “We are very grateful to NNL for their support in this event, especially to Heather Thomas who gives up so much of her time for us and whose commitment and professionalism makes this event such a success.”

Mrs Thomas, Head of Department for Catering at NLL, who acts as facilitator for the event, said: “Congratulations to all the Rotary competitors for participating yet another very successful district finals.    

“Encouraging young people to cook healthy meals, develop presentation skills, consider food hygiene issues, improve organisational and planning skills alongside their development, plus ability to cope in a demanding situation, will enrich and give the youngsters necessary life skills and potentially careers in Hospitality and Catering.”

The winner was James Bishop from Year 12 at Longfield Academy and the Runner Up, Year 10 student Zachary Allen from St. Leonard’s Academy. Both go through to the Regional Finals in Croydon and, if successful, to the Great British Final.