Chef’s big success

PUBLISHED: 18:00 10 March 2015

Sam Rides. Picture courtesy of Mike Boyes Nature Photography.

Sam Rides. Picture courtesy of Mike Boyes Nature Photography.

Mike Boyes Nature Photography

A budding young chef from St Katherine’s School in Pill has won the district final of the Rotary Chef of the Year competition.

The event, held at The Cotswold School in Cheltenham, was won by year 12 student Samantha Rides, who fought off competition from other schools, including Redland Green School in Bristol, to claim victory. Her cooking impressed some of the top chefs in the area, including David Kelman, head chef at Ellenborough Park in Cheltenham.

Christopher Sammons, headteacher at St Katherine’s School, said: “Sam is immensely talented, she has worked extremely hard to reach this stage of the competition.

“We are very proud of the catering and hospitality facilities at St Katherine’s School where students are able to 
learn in a professional kitchen and serve their creations in The Leaf restaurant under the watchful eye of Paul Mingo-West, our resident chef and lead practitioner.”

Sam will now go on to compete in the regional final on Saturday in Builth Wells in Powys, Wales.

If she progresses past that stage she will compete in the national final which is due to be held in April.

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