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Hope Valley College Student competes in the ‘Rotary Young Chef’ 2012 competition’.

Ed Wain represented Hope Valley College in Rotary District 1220’s ‘Young Chef Competition' at Ormiston Enterprise Academy, by cooking a superb trio of dishes. Ed’s starter was Cream of Mushroom en Croûte, followed by Salmon as his main course, and Lemon Possit as a dessert.

Ed was one of six Young Chef Competitors, producing a simply stunning meal, set off by an imaginative table setting. Judges James Armstrong (a chef at The Chequers Inn, Froggatt), Bill Smith, Pauline Summers and Simon Beal, watched the contestants prepare and cook their medley of dishes, and then spent 20 minutes deliberating over who was the overall winner.   After announcing that there were only a couple of points between all six contestants, Courtney Nichols, a student from Derby High school, representing the Rotary Club of Derby South was finally pronounced the overall winner.

Rotary's 'District 1220' Governor Gordon McGlone presented Ed with his Award, congratulating Ed on the extremely high standard of his three course meal. Gordon said that there were really six winners in the competition, as the judges had a difficult task deciding who would take the first prize. Deputy Governor Gordon also presented Ed with a book written by another Gordon: three Michelin Star Chef Gordon Ramsey. Ed can be justifiably proud of his hard work – clearly Ed has been listening attentively to his teacher Debbie Whitehall, who accompanied Ed and his proud Mum to our Rotary Young Chef competition.