Young chef hopes to impress the judges

Ellisha Sykes at the district final, Betty's Cooking School, Harrogate
Ellisha Sykes at the district final, Betty's Cooking School, Harrogate
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A Halifax teenager wowed judges’ tastebuds so much with her culinary creations she’s got into the district final of a cooking competition.

Trinity Academy student Ellisha Sykes impresssed judges at Betty’s Cooking School Harrogate, in the annual Rotary Young Chef Competition with a three-course meal consisting of seared scallops, chargrilled rib eye with vegetables and red wine jus and for desert, some sticky toffee pudding.

Ellisha will now be entered into the regional final this weekend in Grimsby.

She is the first entrant from the Rotary of Halifax to make it this far into the competition and rotarians say they wish her the best of luck.

Rotarian Godfrey Platt said: “The competition started locally but Ellisha’s success has spread across the county.

“If she progressses beyond the regional round she could become a national celebrity.

“Well done to Ellisha to have progressed this far - we wish her the best of luck for Saturday.”

The dishes that first won Ellisha recognition with Dean Clough Cooking School judge chefs was her fish pie and raspberry tart - with judges saying they were highly impressed with the standard of entrants.

If Ellisha is successful in Grimsby, she will be entered into the national final in Wrexham, next month.