The local heat for the Young Chef Competition was held at Christleton High School, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chester Deva.
Seven contestants had been selected by the school to take part, each preparing and serving a three-course meal for two in a limited time.
The contestants were Nathaniel Curtis, Emma Duthie, Joshua Jones, Maddie MacDonald, Dominika Sadczuk, Vicky Tate and Jenny Wilkinson.
Judging was carried out by Ian Worley, head chef at The Chester Fields Restaurant, with points being awarded on all stages of food selection, preparation and cooking, through to the final meals presentation.
Dominika Sadczuk was the winner, followed closely by the other contestants who all showed a high standard in their cooking skills.
The winner received a certificate and a £20 voucher. The other contestants received a certificate and a £10 voucher. Dominika will now go through to the Rotary District 1180 Young Chef District Final at Deeside College in February and the winner of that stage will go on to the regional final.
The main aims of the competition are to encourage young people aged from 11-17 to learn how to cook a healthy meal, develop food presentation skills, consider food hygiene issues, develop organisational and planning skills and develop the ability to cope in a demanding situation.
It is hoped all contestants were inspired to continue with their studies into meal preparation and consider a career as a chef in the future.
On completion of the presentation the young contestants heard those dreaded words: “Will all contestants please return to complete the washing up and tidy the kitchens.”
Hilary Kelly, head of design and technology at Christleton High, organised the pupils and school facilities.