Head Chef Molly

Tyler Berkeley

Tyler Berkeley

YEAR 10 student Molly Jelley is enjoying the sweet taste of success after clinching the top prize in a Fylde catering contest.

Molly won the Rotary Young Chef Competition, held at Blackpool and The Fylde College, on Friday 20th November. Also competing was fellow Hodgson student Tyler Berkeley.

Each of the nine participants was tasked with preparing two dishes of their choice, costing a total maximum of £10.

They were given 90 minutes to cook and present their dishes.

Molly wowed the judges – Matthew Johnson from The Villa, Wrea Green and Mark Belfield, from Blackpool and The Fylde College – with a main course of salmon and broccoli tagliatelle and a lemon tart dessert.

salmon and broccoli tagliatelle

salmon and broccoli tagliatelle

lemon tart dessert.

lemon tart dessert.

Year 11 student Tyler made a starter of tomato, cabbage and chickpea soup with roasted peppers and a main course of Quorn stir fry with leek and chilli.

Molly will now proceed to the District Finals, on 25th January at Lancaster and Morecambe College, and has won a day in the kitchens at The Villa.

Hospitality and Catering Teacher Miss Wilkinson said: “The competition was very high, and all the competitors’ dishes were to a fantastic standard. Molly and Tyler worked extremely hard. I am very proud of them both and ecstatic for Molly.”

Tim Leeson, from the Rotary Club of Kirkham and Rural Fylde, echoed this be adding: “The judges were highly impressed by the overall standard of the dishes prepared by the contestants, some of whom were only 12 years old.”