Cooking up a storm – at 15

Connor Wynn preparing for the Rotary Young Chef of the Year competition
Connor Wynn preparing for the Rotary Young Chef of the Year competition
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CONNOR Wynn is used to cooking up a storm, his work as an apprentice chef at The Villa, Wrea Green, means he can handle the heat in the kitchen.

And he has already wowed judges in a district final of Rotary Club’s Young Chef of the Year competition.

Now the 15-year-old is waiting for the regional round of the national contest.

Connor said: “I’m quite confident for the competition, I’ve improved a lot since working at The Villa.”

Connor, of Balderstone Road, Freckleton, was invited to work at the restaurant after winning the 2011 regional section of the Rotary Club’s Young Chef of the Year.

He added: “I love creating new meals. I really enjoy cooking so the competition is a great experience for me.

“The part of the competition I find most difficult is getting all my timings correct. We have two hours and the cooking is really intense so I just have to make sure I get everything perfect.”

Connor impressed judges in a district final of the Rotary competition with a starter of goat’s cheese curd, followed by sea bream with potatoes, spinach and a citrus sauce for the main course, a meal created on a budget of just £10.

He topped off his three-course dinner-for-two with poached pear and rice pudding for dessert.

The Carr Hill High School student was encouraged to enter the competition by his Food Technology teacher Judith Brennand.

Rotary member, Barrie Stacey said: “I am delighted with Connor’s success.”

Connor will compete in the finals in Wales on March 16.

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