Bradford and Leeds Rotary Young Chef Competition 2017/18

Bradford and Leeds Rotary Young Chef Competition 2017/18

Bradford and Leeds Rotary Young Chef Competition 2017/18   The competition is upon us and on Saturday 18th November, 16 Young Chefs come together from the Bradford and Leeds area to compete at the Leeds City College Printworks’ Campus professional kitchens for the chance of 2 winners securing entry into the District 1040 final on the 5th February 2018 at Betty’s cookery school in Harrogate. From there the winners go to the regional final and on to the National final, which is sponsored by Felippo Berio.   Listen out on Radio Leeds at 7:40 am talking about the competition.   The Rotary Young Chef competition is a youth competition for 11-17 year olds to develop a range of skills through the art of cooking a 3 course meal for 2 for £15 or less in 2 hours under competition conditions in a professional safe environment, at no cost to the entrants.

  • Choice of and learning to Cook Healthy meals,
  • Organisational and Planning Skills,
  • Budgeting and sourcing produce,
  • Food Presentation Skills
  • Neatness and tidiness,
  • Consider food hygiene issues and correct food temperature,
  • Develop an ability to cope in a demanding time constrained situation.

We are grateful to the sponsors and professional judges   Sponsors are

  • The Leeds Building Society
  • Keelham Farm Shops
  • Nisbets
  • Everything Branded
  • Midland Hotel Bradford
  • Rotarian D. Scottow.

Judges are:

  • Afsaneh Kaviani of Masterchef Final 2012
  • Matt Healy of Masterchef the Professionals Final 2016
  • Tom Martin of Eric’s Pies, Ossett
  • CEO and Owner of Aagrah Group Dr Aslam MBE DL
  • Bruce D’Agoia of Keelham Farm Shop

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, DG Robert Morphet, Andrew Wilson (District 1040 Youth) and Gillian Poole (Young Chef District 1040 Officer) will be visiting over the day.

The competition has been supported by 10 Rotary clubs in the area as follows:

  • Aireborough
  • Bingley Airedale
  • Bradford
  • Bradford Bronte
  • Bradford West
  • Calverley
  • Headingley
  • Leeds Elmete
  • Leeds White Rose
  • Roundhay

Leeds Building Society is the fifth largest building society in the UK, operating since 1875.   Nisbets – Established in 1983, Nisbets is the number one supplier of catering equipment in the UK, as voted for by chefs. The Leeds store is packed with thousands of professional products at trade prices, with many more available for next day delivery. With a price match promise, 30 day money back guarantee, free returns policy and plenty of parking, Nisbets Leeds is truly is your one-stop shop!   Keelham Farm Shops – Local food supplied by local people from local Farm Shops in Thornton and Skipton. are one of the UK’s leading promotional product distributors. The group specialises in promotional and branded products for business and charities around the world   The Midland Hotel Bradford is a 90-bedroom three-star Victorian hotel in Bradford city centre, owned and managed by London-based Peel Hotels.   Leeds mum, Afsaneh Kaviani, shot to fame after being in the 2012 MasterChef final, while Matt Healy, Executive Chef for Cranble made it to the MasterChef: The Professionals final last year.   Afsaneh, who has gone on to launch a successful private dining experience business understands the motivation for cooking for friends and the frustration when things don’t always go to plan. She wanted to get involved to inspire young chefs to indulge their passion for food.   Matt Healy, who lives and works in Yorkshire was keen to support the event as a former Leeds City College student and hopes his involvement and the chance to work in a professional kitchen will help the next generation come forward.   Tom Martin, MD of Eric’s pie manufacturers in Ossett, wholesale butchers and champion pie maker delivering fresh product .   Dr Aslam MBE DL, CEO and Owner of the Aagrah Restaurant group, established in 1977, it is family owned with 14 sites in Yorkshire and is one of, if not the largest Kashmiri Restaurant chain in UK and Europe   Bruce D’Agoia is originally from Vermont, USA Bruce relocated to UK in early 2011 and continues his work as private chef for Donna Karan, other celebrities and UK based clients, as well as consulting for menu and product development for various companies and restaurants.   Bruce likes foraging for wild seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as wild game and fish and is a firm believer in self-sustaining, and the ethical, humane treating of animals. Bruce has two boys and cooks with them every day. He loves to educate the younger generation about all that he has learned through his career. Anyone who would like to find out more about Rotary and how they can become involved should visit or

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