Culinary star Lora’s top cookery success

Lora showing off her culinary skill. Photo supplied.
Lora showing off her culinary skill. Photo supplied.

A student from Skegness Grammar School has proven her culinary skills are a cut above the rest after she carried off the title of Rotary District Young Chef 2013 on Saturday in a closely contested competition in Lincoln.

Young chefs of the ages 11 to 17 years from Rotary clubs in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire had to prepare a healthy meal for two people for under £15.

And Skegness youngster Lora Blackett chose to prepare a mouth-watering selection - including Sautéed Chicken livers; mixed green salad and warm Raspberry couli; lemon and herb supreme of salmon with King Prawns and vegetable risotto; followed by citrus panna cotta with a ginger snap arch and blueberries

The judges praised Lora for her menu choice and the skill level demonstrated.

She said: “I am delighted to have won and want to thank First College and The Royal Hotel for all their help and support with my training and the Rotary Club of Skegness for sponsoring me”

Lora now goes forward to the regional competition in March, which could see her progress on to the prestigious national final in late April.

Carole Cameron from Skegness Rotary Club said: ”Lora is a very talented young chef and we all wish her all the best for the future”.

The Rotary District Youn Chef 2013 competition asks its entrants to cook a three course healthy meal for two including starter, main and dessert, costing no more than £7.50 per head.

Contestants have 30 minutes setting time and two hours cooking time, including preparation to produce the dish. Judges award points to each contestant under a range of different headings including taste, use of time, hygiene and preparation.

The competition is designed to improve young people’s cooking skills in stressful situations and to consider healthy options.