Congleton High School student cooks up winning dish
A year nine Congleton High student, Sam Vale, has been recognised for his outstanding skill, culinary flare and creativity in the semi-final of the 21st annual Rotary Club Young Chef Competition 2016.
Sam secured his top placing with a delicious menu, competing against six other contestants from four other schools in the region.
The competition saw pupils form Congleton High School and Eaton Bank, amongst others, battling it out to claim victory in the penultimate round.
The young chefs were required to prepare and present a two course meal, within a set budget and time limit, to be judged by an expert panel.
Congleton High’s Sam cooked his way into first place with his Chinese themed main course of char siu pork, egg fried rice and a healthier option of baked spring rolls.
He followed this with a Swiss roll and raspberry coulis, all prepared with a range of locally sourced products.
Ben Simpson, also a pupil at Congleton High School, came second in the previous heat and therefore also competed in the semi-final.
He prepared an Italian chicken with a duo of desserts - rosé raspberry jelly shot and chocolate, and raspberry mousse.
Ben worked exceptionally hard on the night, delivering two fantastic courses but, unfortunately didn’t make the top three, achieving a Runner-Up placing on this occasion.
Following this heat - which was held at Congleton High’s Box Lane site - Sam will now go on to represent the school at the District Final early next year.