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Young chefs show off their skills

Young chefs showed off their culinary skills in a Masterchef-style competition.

The competition, organised by Halifax Rotary Club, invited pupils from schools in the Calderdale area to put on their aprons and cook a main course and dessert for a panel of judges.

A total of 19 pupils took part in the challenge, and the winner was Jadene Wade, 14, from Ryburn Valley High School, in Sowerby. The school has its own food technology department, which was recently visited by a Masterchef contestant.

Her dish was chicken and bacon pie with new potatoes and broccoli followed by a lemon cheesecake with kiwi coulis.

The event was held at The Cooking School at Dean Clough, Halifax, and the judging panel was led by Brett Woodward, of the Berties catering company, in Elland.

Rotary spokesman Brian Harkness said the judges had faced a very difficult decision and the standard had been very high. He added: “It was the first time Brett had been invited to judge our competition and at the onset he did not know what to expect.

“He commented though that the standards of cooking and presentation had surprised even him. Well done to all the Calderdale young chefs.”

The runner up was Holly Marshall, from Hipperholme Grammar School, who won the competition last year.

The Cooking School, at Dean Clough, is a charity. All profits from the Masterchef event were donated to the national Focus on Food Campaign, which teaches more than 42,000 young people to cook every year. The campaign also trains cookery teachers.

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