Six budding young chefs have taken part in the national Rotary Young Chef preliminary round at Boroughbridge High School.
The round, organised by Knaresborough Rotary Club, required the Year 10 pupils to produce a two-course healthy meal within 90 minutes on a limited budget of £7.50.
Marks were awarded for a variety of skills from choice of menu, planning, and hygiene, to the taste and presentation of the meal.
The judges declared Reece Norton the winner with his menu of noisette of lamb stuffed with black pudding, sautéed potatoes, carrots and a pea and mint sauce, followed by fig coated in honey and cinnamon with Greek yoghurt and crushed biscuits.
Runner-up was Daniel Knowles, with his menu of salmon couscous followed by apple crumble.
All competitors received a certificate and the top two were presented with healthy-eating recipe books. The winners of the club competition can progress to a district competition, then via a regional competition to the national Rotary Young Chef final.
A preliminary round has already been held at King James’s School in Knaresborough and a further heat will be held at Nidderdale High School, in Pateley Bridge, in December.
Judges for the competition were Mrs Buckland and Miss Roberts of the food technology department at King James’s School and Knaresborough Rotarian Bob Weddall.