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Just before Christmas, our students from the Level 1 Professional Cookery City & Guilds Introductory Diploma course took part in the 2018 College Rotary Young Chef competition; in partnership the Morden Rotary Club. The competition is one of four stages in the lead up to the Grand Final in Leeds against other Young Chefs who represent other Rotary Club branches from around the UK.

For the competition, our students had to put their culinary skills to the test by planning and cooking a three-course cuisine of their own culinary dish of their choice.

As part of the heat, students were able to gain knowledge, experience and skills in the following of cookery, notably healthy eating, food hygiene awareness and food presentation. Taking part in the College heat of yearly competition was the following students:

  • Angeline Simbahan – Philippines cuisine
  • Ku Hyun Hwang – Korean cuisine
  • Rheanna Newbury – Gibraltar cuisine
  • Callum Rhoades – English cuisine
  • Ifetobi Salako – Spicy cuisine
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Back row: Ifetobi Salako, Callum Rhoades, Ku Hyun Hwang
Front row: Angeline Simbahan, Margaret Sinclair (President of Morden Rotary Club), and Rheanna Newbury

The learners also learnt about healthy eating, cooking on a budget, food hygiene awareness and food presentation.

Each student was scored out of 150 based on key areas such as budgeting, food safety, healthy choice, neatness of work area, taste, as well as their overall organisation skills in the kitchen.

Judging was done by our very own Sandra Hall and another leading industry expert from the hospitality sector.

Upon observation, all the dishes prepared by the students looked, tasted great, and well presented as if they had been cooking for ages.

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The winning student who will represent both Merton College and the Morden Rotary Club will be Rheanna Newbury, who prepared and cooked a lovely dish from Gibraltar. with runner-up position going to Angeline Simbahan, who cooked a native meal from the Philippines.

Both students will now go to take in the semi-final on January 24 2019 at the Merton College.