Young chefs face MasterChefs in kitchen

It’s going to be hot in the kitchen for competitors in this year’s Rotary Young Chef Leeds and Bradford heat as they face a former MasterChef and MasterChef: The Professionals as judges.

Leeds mum, Afsaneh Kaviani, shot to fame after being in the 2012 MasterChef final, while Matt Healy, Executive Chef for Cranble made it to the MasterChef: The Professionals final last year.

Afsaneh, who has gone on to launch a successful private dining experience business understands the motivation for cooking for friends and the frustration when things don’t always go to plan. She wanted to get involved to inspire young chefs to indulge their passion for food.

Matt Healy, who lives and works in Yorkshire was keen to support the event as a former Leeds City College student and hopes his involvement and the chance to work in a professional kitchen will help the next generation come forward. He wants as many aspiring chefs as possible to enter the competition on November 18

Both have pledged their support for the Rotary Leeds and Bradford Young Chef competition for the heat, which will take place on Saturday November 18 at The Printworks Campus, Leeds City College. Competitors aged between 11 and 17 will cook a three course meal on a budget of £15, which the Rotary Clubs will pay for.

Other judges include Tom Martin, MD of Eric’s pie manufacturers in Ossett and other judges will be announced shortly
The winner will go forward to the regional final at Harrogate where they will cook at Bettys and the winners will progress to the regional final in Leeds. The regional winner will then go on to the national final next year.

The national final is sponsored by olive oil producers, Filippo Berio. It aims to develop cookery skills, develop food presentation skills, consider healthy eating options and food hygiene issues, prove organisational and planning ability, while demonstrating their capacity to cope in a demanding situation.

Leeds City College were delighted to allow their kitchens to be used to demonstrate to any budding professional chef the quality of their offer and the number of hospitality careers in Leeds and beyond, Kate Pickering of the Printworks said ” We are really pleased that Rotary have chosen our facility to run the Young Chef competition and are keen to work with them to support the young competitors”. Rotary wishes to thank them for their support in opening their doors on a Saturday to run this competition.

Entrants can register via email or via mail: Rotary Young Chef, c/o Brookside, Low Spring, Baildon, West Yorkshire, BD17 6BE. Deadline for applications is October 27, 2017. There are only 36 places available so potential competitors are asked to apply as soon as possible.