15 year old Isabelle Chavez from St Nicholas School has created a stir in the final of this year’s exciting Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland (RIBI) Young Chef competition, in association with Filippo Berio.
Isabelle, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fleet, won the trophy, after coming top out of thousands of youngsters who entered the RIBI Young Chef competition with her outstanding three course menu:
Smoked haddock pÃ¢tÃ©, beetroot relish, malted soda bread
Rolled turkey breast, wrapped in Pancetta, gratin dauphinoise and baked carrots
Lemon tart with raspberry coulis
Isabelle faced seven other top young chefs from across the country in the national final, which took place in Denman College, Oxford, 21st of April. She was not only up against other chefs but raced against time as there were just two hours to create a three-course meal within the £15 budget.
Speaking after the competition, a very excited Isabelle said: “I am over the moon at winning the competition. I love cooking and the atmosphere here is just amazing. I have loved every minute, from the stages at school all the way to the national. My family and friends have been great supporters and I am glad I have done them proud.
“If anyone is thinking of entering the competition next year I would say just go for it. It’s nerve-wracking sometimes but totally worth it.”
RIBI Young Chef was created to give young people across Great Britain and Ireland the chance to display their creative talents with food, while discovering the importance of healthy eating.
President of RIBI, Ray Burman said: “This is one of the most demanding competitions in the RIBI portfolio. The contestants need to stay cool in the kitchen, despite their obvious passion and knowledge for food. Isabelle is a talented young chef and I may even ask for cooking lessons myself.
“This competition is given extra flavour thanks to the partnership with Filippo Berio. Their support over the past five years is very much appreciated. Having the backing of a family run company where good food is at the heart of all their activities really brings this competition to life.”