The Rotary Young Chef Competition is a well-established and successful competition organised and promoted by Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland and sponsored by Filippo Berio.

It is a four-stage national competition to support and encourage development of cookery skills. Some stages may have more than one round.


This competition aims to encourage young people to:

  • Learn how to cook a healthy meal
  • Develop food presentation skills
  • Consider food hygiene issues
  • Develop organisational and planning skills
  • Develop an ability to cope in a demanding situation

Who can take part?

This competition is open to all students in full time education between ages 11 and 17 on 31 August 2017.  Students who are in part-time (day release) education are not eligible to take part. The qualifying criteria of all entrants in the national final will be rigorously checked; any entrant who does not meet the above conditions will not be allowed to take part.

Please note this competition is intended for amateurs; for the purpose of the competition, an amateur is considered to be a person who is not in full, or regular part time, employment in the catering trade. Eligible entrants who have been temporarily employed by restaurants during the school holidays may take part. The competition is not open to students who are enrolled on a full time catering course who are studying for a qualification above “A” level standard.

Competitors, schools, colleges and organisations can participate in a Rotary district that is outside of their boundary but can only compete in one club/district event.

Students should enter the competition organised by the local Rotary club through their school, college or youth organisation.

Prospective entrants should complete the entry form. Read more about it and download your Information pack here:

Download your Application Pack
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