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November 15 2012.

If anyone passing Newlands School in Seaford recently was captivated by an aroma of five star cooking, it was probably from the first competition to find the Seaford Young Chef of the Year organised by the Rotary Club of Seaford.
Open to all students aged 11 to 17 who live or attend a school in Seaford, the entrants prepared a healthy two course meal for two people consisting of a main course and either a starter or dessert and costing not more than £10.

Judging was by catering professionals Roy Perrett, a member of the Craft Guild of Chefs, and Stefano Diella, owner of Diella's Restaurant in Dane Road in Seaford and they had the hard task of tasting the range of dishes prepared by the chefs. Typical of these was a starter of Butternut Squash and Pine Nut Salad, a main course of Salmon and Prawn Bake with potatoes, served with Salsa Verde and Spinach Salad, while desserts included Asian Pear and Orange Flambe on a light meringue served with Vanilla Greek style yoghurt, and Lemon Mousse in a filo pastry cup with Raspberry Coulis.

All the competitors received certificates to commemorate the event and prizes were awarded to the top three who were Mollie Woodward, Josh Pollins, and Maisy Labib.

Presenting the prizes, Rotary Club President Paul Vaesen congratulated all the chefs on their skills and said that he hoped this could be the first of many such competitions. He also thanked the judges for bringing a professional approach to the competition and reserved special thanks for Newlands School for so willingly making available their excellent facilities.

Pictured: Mollie Woodward of Seaford Head School with Rotary Club President Paul Vaesen