Teenagers cook up a storm for food contest

drew noon tom iliffe with rotary members
drew noon tom iliffe with rotary members
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THE CULINARY talents of two Ilkeston teenagers have been put to the test in the regional round of a national cookery competition.

Drew Noon, 14, of St John’s Road, and Tom Iliffe, 14, of Hallam Fields, came face-to-face in the Rotary Club’s Young Chef of the Year.

The cook-off which challenged both chefs to create a healthy three course meal on a budget and timescale took place at Ilkeston School where Tom is a student.

Kirk Hallam Community College pupil Drew was the winner of the heat.

His menu of dill and salmon cucumber cones followed by Philadelphia chicken and finished with strawberry fool impressed the judges.

He said: “Taking part in a competition such as this is quite daunting but I have enjoyed the experience and will do my best in the next round.”

He will now cook at Dukeries College in New Ollerton in the next round.

Ilkeston Rotary Club member, Carolyn Stone, said: “The main aim of the young chef competition is to encourage young people to develop their cookery skills, to promote their food presentation skills and to prove their ability to cope under pressure.”

The winner will receive a trophy and £250.