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Jayme Matthews, Rebecca Symes and Beca Thomas
Jayme Matthews, Rebecca Symes and Beca Thomas

Three budding young chefs displayed their culinary skills when they competed in an annual cooking competition.

The Rotary Young Chef Competition is run by the Rotary Club of Wellingborough and the Rotary Club of Wellingborough Hatton.

Wellingborough School pupils Rebeca Thomas, and Rebecca Symes, and Wrenn School pupil Jayme Matthews competed in the final, held recently at Wrenn School. They were asked to cook a two-course meal with a total cost of £10 for ingredients.

The teenagers, who are all 15, impressed with their menus. Rebeca Thomas cooked stuffed chicken and couscous and fresh apple tart, while Rebecca Symes made filo wrapped salmon and spinach and a raspberry cheesecake. Jayme’s menu consisted of a chicken pot pie and a chocolate chip shortbread stack.

Alan Johnstone, the president of the Rotary Club of Wellingborogh Hatton, who has a lifetime of experience in hotel management and catering, judged the entries along with Jenny Pendered, a former food technology teacher at Wollaston School, whose husband is a Rotary member.

Competition organiser, Rotarian Joan Barrett said: “There was a very high standard of cooking this year. The judges were very impressed.”

Rebecca Symes was awarded first place, Jayme Matthews came second and Rebeca Thomas came in third position.

Both Rebecca Symes and Jayme will now go through to the Rotary District Finals at Hinchingbooke School in Huntingdon early next year.

Rebecca Thomas said: “It was a really good experience and it’s nice to learn some new skills.”

Jayme said: “I enjoy cooking. This was the first time I had entered the competition.”