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Young chefs show skills in Rotary contest

Posted on Tuesday 22nd December 2015 at 8:52 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Rotary Young Chef 2015: Winner Keeva Holder and runner-up Ciera Burns with Bradley Stoke Rotary Club president Bob Warne.

Five students from Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) and a sixth from Marlwood School took part in the local round of the Young Chef of the Year competition on Wednesday 25th November – an event organised by Bradley Stoke Rotary Club.

Each competitor was set the task of preparing a two course meal for two, comprising of a main course and a desert, on a budget of £10.

The winner on the night was Keeva Holder (Marlwood), with Ciera Burns of BSCS taking the runner-up’s spot.

Keeva, whose menu consisted of crab, chilli and rocket pasta followed by chocolate and caramel soufflé tart, now goes forward to the regional final of the Rotary competition.

Currently studying food technology at A-level, Keeva is hoping to win a place to study for a Grand Diploma at the world famous Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. She is adding to her experience by running her own business baking cakes for special occasions.

The winner was presented with a Mall Cribbs voucher to the value of £30 and a Bradley Stoke Rotary Apron, the runner-up a £15 voucher and an apron.

Bradley Stoke Rotary Young Chef 2015 contestants (l-r): Keeva Holder, Ciera Burns, Renato Espirito Santo, Daniel Davey, Ryan Jackson and Connor Bailey.

Photos: 1 Winner Keeva Holder (left) and runner-up Ciera Burns with Bradley Stoke Rotary Club president Bob Warne. 2 Contestants: Keeva Holder, Ciera Burns, Renato Espirito Santo, Daniel Davey, Ryan Jackson and Connor Bailey.

This article originally appeared in the December 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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BSCS student needs your vote to help win culinary scholarship

Posted on Saturday 9th February 2013 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

Phil King presents winner Abbie Pearce with her prize and certificate.

A Year 12 student at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) is competing to win a scholarship at a prestigious London culinary school but needs the support of the local community to achieve her dream.

Abbie Pearce has applied for the highly renowned Le Cordon Bleu UK Scholarship and is currently competing for a place in the semi-finals.

The winner of the competition will gain a place studying for the renowned Grand Diplôme qualification and be provided with accommodation in the heart of London for the duration of their studies

Abbie has previously shown her culinary talent through winning Bristol’s Junior Chef in 2011. She also won the local round of the Rotary Club ‘Young Chef of the Year’ competition in 2011 and 2012.

A message on the BSCS website explains:

“To gain a place in the semi-finals, all she needs is the most ‘likes’ on a video she uploaded to the official Le Cordon Bleu Scholarship website explaining why she thinks she deserves to be considered for this incredible opportunity. She has done brilliantly but more is required to confirm the place she wants so badly. Please spread the word and do all you can to get her to the semi-finals.”

To vote for Abbie, visit:

http://ukscholarship.cordonbleu.edu/videos/latest-videos/item/811-abbie-pearce

and click on the ‘thumbs up’ symbol above the video.

Photo: Phil King (President, Bristol Aztec Rotary Club) presents Abbie with her prize and certificate for winning the 2012 Young Chef of the Year competition.

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Young chefs show their skills in Rotary Club competition

Posted on Thursday 29th November 2012 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

Rotary Young Chef contestants at Bradley Stoke Community School.

Young master chefs of the future put their culinary skills to the test earlier this month at Bradley Stoke Community School as they competed in a hard-fought cooking competition.

The three hopefuls, all pupils at the school, were taking part in the local round of the Young Chef of the Year competition, organised by Bristol Aztec Rotary Club.

Each competitor was set the task of preparing a two course meal for two, comprising of a main course and a desert, on a budget of £10.

After two hours of intense activity (30 minutes preparation plus 90 minutes of cooking), the judges were called in to examine and taste the beautifully presented meals.

Following a period of careful deliberation, Year 12 student Abbie Pearce was declared the winner for her meal of pan fried cape hake and coconut tart.

Abbie, who also won the competition last year, will now go forward to the district round of Young Chef on 18th January at St Katherine’s School, Ham Green.

The winner was presented with a £30 Mall voucher; runners up Gabi Cole and Avavlon Britton received £15 vouchers and all contestants were given a Bristol Aztec Rotary apron.

Photo: Young Chef contestants (l-r): Abbie Pearce, Gabi Cole and Avalon Britton.

More: "Difficult to choose a winner as quality so high," says judge »

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A celebration of cookery by young chefs at BSCS

Posted on Friday 9th December 2011 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

Young Chef contestants at Bradley Stoke Community School

Young master chefs of the future recently put their culinary skills to the test at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) as they competed in a hard-fought cooking competition sponsored by the local Rotary Club.

On the day of the competition (Wednesday 23rd November), four nervous but excited young chefs took their places in the cookery room at the local secondary school. Their bags contained all they needed to present their dishes together with ten pounds worth of ingredients. After half an hour of free preparation time, came an hour and a half of competitive cookery before their masterpieces were scrutinised by the judges.

The competition, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bristol Aztec, followed the pattern set by the previous year’s successful contest. It presented an opportunity to plan a two course meal whilst being mindful of healthy choices, good planning, hygienic practice, and a wise use of time and money. It also provided a chance for the students to celebrate their prowess, and gain a sense of pride in their achievement.

The judges were Mike Riordan, Head Chef at the Aztec Hotel, Adrian Kirikmaa, Restaurant Manager at the City of Bristol Academy and John Kelly of South Gloucestershire Education Authority. To them fell the difficult task of assessing the students’ work and the finished results, and what results!  The meals were without exception beautifully presented and tasted delicious.

The worthy winner was Abbie Pearce who, as the judges pointed out, cooked a high risk menu choice which could have gone horribly wrong but turned out to be a triumph. It required a high range of skills as Abbie made her own pasta for her prawn tortellini, her own pastry and crème patissiere for her seasonal apple tart.

More: Students are a credit to their school, says catering teacher »

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