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Rotary Young Chefs cook up a storm in South West London

The annual Rotary Young Chef competition was held at the John Paul II School in Southfields. The South West London Regional round was held last Friday8th February.

Pupils representing John Paul II School, Southfields Community College, Salesian College, Battersea Technology College and Garratt Park School participated in the contest, which was organised jointly by all seven Rotary Clubs in the South West London area. The participants are supplied with ingredients and face a time challenge to prepare and present a meal for a panel of judges.

The panel of judges included a representative of Shana Authentic Foods (the event sponsor), and Toni Finkelstein, representing Rotary in South West London.

First prize was awarded to Theo Hambi of Southfields Community College, who won a white Chef’s jacket. Runner-up was Omar Cummings from Garratt Park School, who was rewarded with a Smoothie Maker. The other contestants also walked away with goodie bags from the sponsors. Both winners go forward to compete in a London-wide final to be held in the central London on the 1st of March.

John Paul II School was thanked for hosting the event, the second in a week, with the Rotary Youth Speaks competition held there the following day.

Teachers from local schools are invited to enter their pupils for next year’s Rotary Young Chef Competition and should submit details via the Putney Rotary Club website (

08 Feb 2008

Notes to Editors

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Members carry out this work in their community and/or overseas by giving their time and their expertise.

A Rotary Club is open to men and women who are business, professional or community leaders who want to use their experience for the benefit of others. Paul Harris formed the world's first service club in Chicago on 23rd February 1905. The name Rotary is derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members' offices.


For further information about this news release, please contact Di King [Email]

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