Mini-masterchefs rise to the cooking challenge

The young chefs, including competition winner Jadene Wade, with Halifax Rotary Club president David Horsman
The young chefs, including competition winner Jadene Wade, with Halifax Rotary Club president David Horsman
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YOUNG cooks donned their aprons for a MasterChef-style culinary challenge.

Nineteen pupils from 10 Calderdale high schools whipped up a main course and dessert in the hopes of being crowned winners of the Halifax Rotary Club competition.

But there could only be one champion – Jadene Wade, 14, from Ryburn Valley High School.

She wowed judges with a menu of chicken and bacon pie with new potatoes and broccoli followed by a lemon cheesecake with kiwi coulis – pictured, right.

The judging panel was headed by Brett Woodward, of Berties in Elland.

Rotary spokesman Brian Harkness said it had been a difficult task for judges to separate the top three presentations.

“It was the first time Brett had been invited to judge our competition and at the onset he did not know what to expect,” said Mr Harkness.

“He commented though that the standards of cooking and presentation had surprised even him. Well done to all the Calderdale young chefs.”

The runner up was Holly Marshall from Hipperholme Grammar School, who was last year’s competition winner.

The competition was held at The Cooking School in Dean Clough, Halifax.

All profits from the culinary academy go to the Focus on Food Campaign, which teaches more than 42,000 young people to cook and 2,500 teachers to teach cooking each year across the UK.