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Rotary Young Chef Competition 2018

Rosey Elliott has won through to the district finals of the national Rotary Young Chef Competition 2018 after taking top spot in the local heat at the Dartmouth Food Festival on Thursday 18 October.

The competition saw five Dartmouth Academy pupils pair up with professional chefs from The Angel, Royal Castle Hotel, Dart Marina Hotel, Dartmouth Yacht Club and Market House Inn to produce a two course meal for two within a budget of £10. 

Judging took place in the Chefs’ Demonstration Tent in front of a packed audience with David Jones (Manna from Devon), Sheila Shribman (Dartmouth Food Festival chair) and Cllr. Rob Lyon (Mayor of Dartmouth) on the judging panel. 

Rosey wowed the judges with a Christmas themed menu comprising of a brie, chestnut and spinach parcel, charred corn, baby carrots and cranberry sauce, followed by a chocolate tart served with clotted cream, orange salad, citrus snow and orange gel. 

Judge David Jones praised Rosey for her ‘vision and design’ and acknowledged that she had been ‘brave to choose a vegetarian dish.’ He added that the ‘elegant’ main course had ‘tasted even better than it looked’ while the chocolate dessert demonstrated ‘lots of skills.’

The runner-up prize was awarded to Callum Tracey for his menu of hake with mussel velouté, followed by a hazelnut crumble. Callum impressed the judges with fish ‘cooked to perfection’ and ‘fantastic pastry.’

Dartmouth Food Festival chair, Sheila Shribman, said: “The overall standard of competition was very high which meant judging the dishes, while very enjoyable from a tasting point of view, was also incredibly difficult!  Well done to all the talented young chefs who took part and congratulations to Rosey Elliott who will go forward to the district finals in the New Year.”