Tremendous Poppy and Robert hailed after superb performances in prestigious chef finals

By Jill Dando News

Two young cookery students from The King Alfred School Academy in Highbridge, Somerset have excelled in the Rotary Southern Region Young Chef Final.

Robert Dowell finished runner up with Poppy Mackay in fourth with a judges ‘commendation award’ in the regional Rotary finals in Hampshire.

There was a high standard of food produced by the 13 candidates aged from 12 to 16.

Teacher Natasha King said: “I am so proud as a teacher and tutor to all these students. All of them achieved what was required and more. They would all have been worthy winners.”


They had been tasked with creating a menu for two people with a budget of £20 and a time limit of two hours.

Robert’s menu was BBQ chicken wings with sour cream and chive dip followed by Pollock wrapped in Parma ham with boiled potatoes asparagus tomatoes on the vine with a lemon sauce followed by panna cotta served with a raspberry coulis and hazelnut praline.

Poppy produced a menu of Brochette starter, smoked salmon and spicy red pepper ravioli for her mains and a trio of lemon dessert.

They were supported by family members, with Natasha plus Technician Kim King from TKASA and Rotary President Chris Ashton and Rotarian Bernard Raines.

Burnham Rotary Club President Chris Ashton said: “It was a tough decision for the judges. Poppy achieved 4th place with the judges commendation award and Robert was a runner up.”

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