Falmouth pupil wows Rotary Young Chef competition judges

Falmouth Packet: Falmouth pupil wows Rotary Young Chef competition judges Falmouth pupil wows Rotary Young Chef competition judges

Falmouth School pupil Joseph Cortis wowed the judges of the Rotary Club of Falmouth’s heat of the Young Chef competition and took first place over his fellow four finalists.

The finalists were all from Falmouth School, which hosted the competition and welcomed judges Jack Stein, Rick’s son, and Steve Marsh, head chef at the Greenbank Hotel.

The initial stages of the competition attracted interest from over 20 pupils from years seven and ten, but Lauren Jones, the school’s head of food and textiles, took on the tough job of whittling them down to the final five.

The competition involved the students preparing a three course meal for two within a set time limit and under the critical eye of the judges. Joseph’s signature dish, his dessert, caught the judges’ attention.

They said: “The stand out dish was definitely Joseph’s chocolate fondant. It is difficult to get right and Joseph cooked it perfectly.”

Joseph, 13, won a signed copy of Rick Stein’s Seafood Cookbook and will also be fitted out in a set of chef’s whites courtesy of the Greenbank Hotel in time for the district finals which will take place in spring.

The school has a successful history in the competition with previous pupils having progressed to the district and regional heats and Flo Middleton even making it to the national finals.

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