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Watford teenager wins place on West Herts Young Chefs Academy

A student from Watford Girls Grammar who won a local competition hosted at West Herts College has bagged herself a place on the Young Chefs Academy Programme provided by the college.

Gemma, who made a starter of cod fishcakes, a main course of chicken breast with potato latkes in a tomato-based vegetable sauce and a molten chocolate lava cake for dessert, was crowned winner on the day.

The Rotary Club of Watford held its annual Rotary Young Chef competition at the college’s Watford campus where five students aged 14 to 17 were challenged to prepare a three-course menu in two hours.

The first-place prize was changed this year to a prestigious place on a six-week cookery course at the college, worth £133.

Andy Wakeford, Head of Food Academy at West Herts College, said: “I was delighted to see the variation of menus prepared by the students, with vegetarian and vegan being well represented.

“It was lovely to see Gemma so delighted when she won, she isn’t able to study Food at school so hopefully she will feel inspired by her time at West Herts.”

If Gemma wins at the next round, she could go on to win the nationwide competition and a week in Italy to study Italian cuisine!

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