On Monday 7th November 2016, the Food Technology department of The Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester saw six young chefs from Year 11; Hannah Breakwell, Emma Challoner, Nikolas Jones, Hannah Rea, Jonathan Samways and Jess Stacey, compete in the local heat of the 2016-17 RIBI Young Chef competition to be chosen as Casterbridge Rotary club’s representative in the competition. Two hours of slaving over hot stoves produced some truly delicious and very accomplished cooking.
Mark Vaughan of Vaughans Bistro and Katie Platt, a Thomas Hardye pupil and last year’s Casterbridge Young Chef who came third in the National competition, judged the two course menus and chose Nikolas Jones as this year’s winning chef.
Nikolas produced a delicious and beautifully presented meal of Pan-seared Lyme Bay Scallops on Squid Ink Risotto with Smoked Salmon Foam and Fennel cress followed by Dorset prime cut Venison with Jerusalem Artichoke puree, Spetzle, Buttered Kale and a Blackberry Sauce.
President of Casterbridge Rotary Club, Chris Davies, presented all competitors with a participation certificate and Nikolas was also presented with a salver and a winner’s certificate to mark his achievement.
We wish Nikolas every success in the competition and we hope that all the talented young chefs will carry on cooking!
For more photos see Casterbridge Rotary Club’s Facebook page.