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15th January 2020

On Wednesday 12 February 2020, Stafford College’s Riverbank Restaurant will host the final in this year’s Rotary Young Chef Competition. Aspiring chefs from secondary schools across Staffordshire, Shropshire and the Black Country will come to the College to compete for a chance to gain a place in the national final later on in the year.

The Rotary Young Chef Competition, which is open to all students across in full-time education between the ages of 11 and 17, is a well-established and successful competition organised and promoted by Rotary International which aims to encourage young people to gain a multitude of skills such as food hygiene, presentation, organisation and planning.

The aspiring chefs will be tasked with providing a three course meal within the two hour timeframe and will be judged on their costing, planning, cooking, timing and presentation skills, as well as crucially, the taste of all their dishes. The winners of the district final will then go through to the National Final which is due to be held in May at the University of Birmingham.

Organiser of the competition, Susan Collington from The Rotary Club of Ironbridge, said: "We are extremely grateful to Stafford College for hosting this event, yet again, as it is a fantastic opportunity for the young chefs to gain experience in working in a fully equipped kitchen and to get hands-on advice from expert staff."

The impressive judging panel will consist of three highly experienced members of Stafford College’s staff, Richard Finney, Curriculum Leader in Hospitality and Catering, Richard Allan, Chef Lecturer and Tom Harrison, Hospitality Lecturer.

On the competition, Richard Finney, Curriculum Leader in Hospitality and Catering at Stafford College, said: “It’s a pleasure to assist the Rotary Clubs fantastic ‘Young Chef Competition’ and give budding chefs the chance to cook in an outstanding environment in an effort to develop future career experiences, good luck to all of the competitors!”

Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group (NSCG) is rated Outstanding by Ofsted and is the first further education provider in England to achieve the top grades in every area of Ofsted’s recently reformed Education Inspection Framework (EIF). Ofsted’s inspection report, published on 14 November 2019, praises all areas of the College’s provision and acknowledges NSCG’s ‘positive, stimulating and safe learning environment’, ‘highly motivated staff’, and ‘learners’ exemplary behaviour and attitudes to learning’.

Staffed by hospitality and catering students at Stafford College, The Riverbank Restaurant is open to the public for lunch and dinner most week days and meals are freshly prepared daily by the College’s students, using top-quality fresh ingredients cooked and presented to fine dining standards.

To book a table at The Riverbank Restaurant or to find out more about studying a Hospitality and Catering course or apprenticeship at Stafford College, visit, email or call 01785 223800.