Youth Report for Young Chef

Youth Report for Young Chef


Youth Report for the Bradford and Leeds Rotary Young Chef Competition 2017/18

Bradford and Leeds Rotary Young Chef Competition 2017/18

The Competition on Saturday 18th November saw 12 Young Chefs come together from the Bradford and Leeds area to compete at the Leeds City College Printworks’ Campus professional kitchens. 2 winners went forward for entry into the District 1040 Final on the 5th February 2018 at Betty’s Cookery School in Harrogate, Jack Johnson representing Bradford and Emma Lapthorne to represent Leeds.

Jack Johnson, 14 years old, won the Bradford Area Heat of the Rotary Young Chef Competition representing the Bradford Bronte Rotary Club, One in a Million School and sponsored by the Midland Hotel Bradford. He wowed the Judges with his perfectly cooked lemon poached salmon, pork fillet wrapped in parma ham and citrus cheesecake.


Jack, Winner of the Bradford Competition


Jack's Food

Jack,s Food


Runner up was Sumayya Shahzad, 11 years old, representing the Bradford Bronte Rotary Club and Belle Vue Girls School. Her menu consisted of nachos and guacamole, chicken curry with boiled rice and cup cakes that were especially commended for being beautifully decorated.

Emma Lapthorne, 12 years old, won the Leeds Area Heat representing the Rotary Club of Roundhay and Roundhay School. Her USA inspired menu consisted of Boston Blini, Jambalaya with corn bread and a healthy version of the Central Park cheesecake. The judges commended Emma for her performance from the seasoning of the cooking to execution and the tying together of the menu and table.


Emma, Winner of Leeds Young Chef Competition


Emma's Food

Emma’s Food


Runner up was Max Krasinski, 14 years old, representing the Rotary Club of Roundhay and Roundhay School. His Italian inspired menu consisted of minestrone soup with pesto dressing and parmesan crisp, sausage meatball carbonara with fresh tagliatelle and chocolate avocado mousse. He was commended for his fresh pasta and received “outstanding dish of the day” with his avocado chocolate course decorated with gold leaf.

The Judges were especially pleased with the extremely high standard of all the competitors taking part and they should be proud of themselves.

Following the District Final, 3 winners progress to the Regional Final to be held in Leeds in March and 1 winner will then progress on to the National Final in April, in Derby, sponsored by Felippo Berio.

Radio Leeds interviewed one of the judges, Matt Healy of, on Saturday morning and it can be heard again at (go to 1 hour 38 minutes). We are grateful to the sponsors and professional judges.

The Competition was sponsored by:

• Leeds Building Society, main sponsor and the fifth largest building society in the UK, operating since 1875.

• Keelham Farm Shops, local food supplied by local people from local Farm Shops in Thornton and Skipton, supplying a gift box for each competitor.

• Nisbets, established in 1983, and number one supplier of catering equipment in the UK, as voted for by chefs, supplying Chef Starter Knife sets for the winners.

• who are one of the UK’s leading promotional product distributors, specialising in promotional and branded products for business and charities around the world, supplied aprons with logos on.

• Midland Hotel Bradford, a 90 bedroom 3 star hotel in Bradford City Centre, owned and managed by London based Peel Hotels.

• Rotarian D. Scottow, who sponsored the runner up prizes and thank you gifts.

We would like to thank the Judges:

• The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Jane Dowson

• Afsaneh Kaviani of Masterchef 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’Aloia of Keelham Farm Shop and Private Chef

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councilor Jane Dowson, is a great believer in supporting young citizens and was keen to support the competition.

Leeds mum, Afsaneh Kaviani, shot to fame after taking part in the 2012 MasterChef series, and has gone on to launch a successful private dining experience business called Afsaneh’s Persian Kitchen. She wanted to get involved to inspire young chefs to indulge their passion for food.

Matt Healy, Executive Chef for made it to the MasterChef: The Professionals final last year, and 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 to come forward.

Tom Martin, MD of Eric Richmond pie manufacturers in Ossett, who owns and runs a wholesale butchers and champion pie making business delivering fresh product, enjoyed taking part and appreciates delivering your personal dream after changing from IT to buy and run his own food business.

Dr Aslam MBE DL, CEO and Owner of the Aagrah Restaurant Group, established in 1977, and still family owned with 14 sites in Yorkshire and is one of, if not the largest Kashmiri Restaurant chain in UK and Europe, brought his great amount of experience to the Competition and help to inspire the competitors

Bruce D’Aloia is originally from Vermont, USA. Bruce relocated to the UK in early 2011 and continues his work as a private chef for Donna Karan as well as consulting for menu and product development for various companies and restaurants, including Keelham Farm. 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.

10 Rotary clubs and club members in the area supported the competition as follows:

• Aireborough

• Bingley Airedale

• Bradford

• Bradford Bronte

• Bradford West

• Calverley

• Headingley

• Leeds Elmete

• Leeds White Rose

• Roundhay

We would also like to the thank the Leeds City College, Printworks Campus for the support they gave the competition in allowing the Competitors to have a taste of what it is like to work on a commercial kitchen.

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, and helps to deliver the following benefits and life skills:

• 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.

For details and if you wish to take part next year please go to or contact us via social media

Facebook – @BradfordLeedsRotaryYoungChefCompetition

snapchat – @lwryoungchef

instagram – @lwr_rotary_young_chef

twitter – @LWR_Young_Chef

Anyone who would like to find out more about Rotary and how they can become involved should visit or

• Rotary Club of Leeds White Rose is part of Rotary International

• Rotary International was founded by Paul Harris in Chicago in 1906

• All money raised by Rotary International goes directly to charities.

• Rotarians pay for the administration costs of Rotary GB & Ireland in their subscriptions.