WITH a delicious pork and black pudding dish, a college pupil won the first round of the Rotary Young Chef of the Year award.
Kelly Wren was presented with a Kenwood food processor as part of her prize for wowing judges in the competition run by the Havant and Waterlooville branches of the organisation.
The competition was judged by Kevin Bingham, owner of award winning Restaurant 27, in Southsea, held at South Downs College, in Waterlooville.
The 16-year-old will get the chance to spend a day on work experience at Mr Bingham’s restaurant.
She was part of a group of nine contestants from five local schools and colleges who entered the contest. The next step will be the regional competition in January 2012.
The runner-up was Sophie Stafford-Way from Park Community School, in Leigh Park.
In addition to a certificate and a cookery book, Sophie was given a Kenwood Tri Blade hand blender.
In this round, the contestants had to prepare and cook a two-course meal consisting of a main course and dessert but, in later rounds the demands placed upon the youngsters increase in scope and complexity.
Other contestants were Ben Adams and John Harries from The Hayling College, Paige Roberts from Park Community School, Ben Colley and Will Faulkener from Crookhorn College of Technology and Daniel Campbell and Jacob Duffin from Horndean Technology College.
The grand final of the competition is in the spring.