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The Riverbank Restaurant hosts Rotary Young Chef Competition

9th February 2018

On Tuesday 6 February, The Riverbank Restaurant at Stafford College hosted the district finals in this year’s Rotary Young Chef Competition. Eighteen aspiring chefs from secondary schools across Staffordshire, Shropshire and the Black Country came to the College to compete for a chance to gain a place in the regional finals later on in the year.

The Riverbank Restaurant hosts Rotary Young Chef Competition

The Riverbank Restaurant was chosen because of its' excellent facilities, accessibility and support from current hospitality and catering students and apprentices. The Rotary Young Chef Competition is a well-established and successful competition organised and promoted by Rotary International and is open to all students in full-time education between the ages of 11 and 17. The competition aims to encourage young people to gain a multitude of skills such as food hygiene, presentation, organisation and planning.

The young chefs, who were accompanied by mentors, family and friends, were tasked with providing a three course healthy meal within two hours. The Stafford College staff judging the courses included, Richard Finney, Curriculum Leader in Hospitality and Catering, Richard Allan, Chef Lecturer and Tom Harrison, Hospitality Lecturer. The two most successful candidates, Aaron Damoa of Ercall Wood Technology College and Jo Dainton of Ellowes Hall Sports College, were praised for their hard work, passion and commitment and will now go forward to the regional finals, to be held in Telford, in March.

Richard Finney, Curriculum Leader in Hospitality and Catering at Stafford College, said: “We were really excited to host the district finals at The Riverbank Restaurant. Competition organisers chose to use our venue because of our top top-class facilities and support provided by our hospitality and catering students. On behalf of everyone at Stafford College, we would like to wish Aaron and Jo the very best of luck for the next stage in the competition.” Anthony Robinson of Stafford Rotary Club added “we remain grateful for Stafford College in support of the competition.”

Staffed by hospitality and catering students at Stafford College, The Riverbank Restaurant is open to the public for lunch and dinner most week days and meals are freshly prepared daily by the College’s students, using top-quality fresh ingredients cooked and presented to fine dining standards.

To book a table at The Riverbank Restaurant click here or to find out more about studying a Hospitality and Catering course or apprenticeship at Stafford College, visit, email or call 01785 223800.


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