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College hosts Banbury’s annual Rotary Young Chef final

Chefs in Banbury produced a cooking masterclass at the Rotary’s Young Chef competition on Tuesday 19 January.

The popular event saw eight young people, aged between 12 and 17, produce three dishes for the judges at Banbury and Bicester College’s kitchen and restaurant.

Ellie Ronaldson of Banbury and Bicester College achieved a worthy second place, whilst Katelyn Robbins from Chenderit School scooped first prize.

Ian Calderbank, president of the Rotary Club of Banbury, said: “We really appreciated the help of Banbury and Bicester College, especially Peter Harvey and rotarian Bernard Goodchild, who helped organise the event and also the Rotary Club of Banbury Cherwell.

“The judges were very impressed with the food preparation from all the participants and it is a remarkable achievement for Katelyn who is just 12 years of age.”

Peter Harvey, Learning Manager for Hospitality and Catering said: “We were happy to host this annual event and our students really enjoyed the competition process. 

“By encouraging and supporting our students in competitions and similar events, we believe it accelerates learning, builds grit and exposes them to realistic working environments.

“All our students did fantastically well.  They worked professionally and produced high standard plates of food.

“Well done to Ellie and we wish Katelyn every success in the next round on 27 February in Bracknell.”

Banbury town mayor Tony Mepham also attended the evening.