Recog­nis­ing and re­ward­ing great young tal­ent...

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Rotarycorner -

Ro­tar­i­ans in Peter­bor­ough and sur­round­ing ar­eas wish all read­ers a happy and healthy New Year. We­have had lots of fun at our din­ners and par­ties and now we are ready to re­turn to work in the com­mu­nity. Re­mem­ber you of­ten get back more than you put in! .

Who­said chaps can­not cook?

At Stam­ford Ro­tary Club’s Young Chef Com­pe­ti­tion, held re­cently in the kitchens of the Stam­ford Girls School, the only boy in the com­pe­ti­tion cooked his way to vic­tory. This was de­spite very strong op­po­si­tion from six young ladies whose own of­fer­ings en­sured the judges had to be on their toes.

Alexan­der Keys, an A- level stu­dent from the Stam­ford Boys’ school was the hero of the night.

Hav­ing per­son­ally plucked his Rut­land pheas­ant, he pre­sented it on a mush­room and pearl bar­ley risotto with car­rots, ac­com­pa­nied by a mus­tard, sherry and shal­lot sauce.

This was fol­lowed by a spiced pear pie served with vanilla ice cream.

Judges Chris Pit­man from the Ge­orge Ho­tel of Stam­ford and John Hawkins rep­re­sent­ing the Ro­tary club were very im­pressed by the high stan­dard achieved by all the can­di­dates.

How­ever they de­cided that Alexan­der’s dishes and pre­sen­ta­tion won the evening’s com­pe­ti­tion and a £ 50 prize. Alexan­der now pro­gresses to the next round of Ro­tary Young Chef in Jan­uary in Huntingdon.

Sec­ond and third were Dayna Cham­ber­lain from the Girls’ school and Na­makaw Nknosi from Queen Eleanor School.

In 2012 a former Ro­tary Young Mu­si­cian of the Year, spon­sored by the Ram­sey Club, sang for the last time in the town be­fore start­ing univer­sity. Han­nah But­son has en­ter­tained many or­gan­isa- tions in the area fol­low­ing her success.

To mark the oc­ca­sion Han­nah, 18, of Ram­sey St Mary’s was pre­sented with a bou­quet of flow­ers by Pres­i­dent Mark Green­halgh dur­ing a con­cert at the St Thomas a Becket Church.

She has sung with the church choir for many years where she was head cho­ris­ter.

When a mem­ber of Ram­sey Choral So­ci­ety she sang the Ave Maria from Faure’s Re­quiem and has had many lead roles in pan­tomimes per­formed by the Up­wood Pan­tomime So­ci­ety, the last one be­ing Cin­derella.

Han­nah is now study­ing His­tory at Durham.

Pres­i­dent Mark said: “Sin- ce Han­nah won the Area and District Young Mu­si­cian of the Year in 2010 she has per­formed at num­ber of Ro­tary events. As she is now start­ing at univer­sity we wanted to show her our grat­i­tude and wish her well.”

Pic­tured, top, at the Young Chef com­pe­ti­tion are Alexan­der Keys, Bethany Sharpe, Molly Mitchell, Izzy Forster, Makayla Taplin, Na­makau Nknosi and Dayna Cham­ber­lain. Makayla and Na­makau are from Queen Eleanor School and the oth­ers are pupils at the Stam­ford En­dowed Schools.

Pic­tured above is Han­nah But­son re­ceiv­ing her bou­quet from Ram­sey pres­i­dent Mark Green.

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