A TALENTED chef from Bourton-on-the-Water has scooped the victory at the Rotary Young Chef competition.

Hattie Price, 15 of The Cotswold School won the regional competition, held at the Abraham Darby Academy in Telford.

Eight budding chefs, each of whom had won through two previous rounds of the competition, were competing to win the regional final and thus go through to the national final, also to be held in Telford.

The task before the eight young chefs was to prepare and cook a three-course meal for two persons in two hours, using ingredients costing no more than £15.

The two judges, Cedric Bosi, whose book ‘Supper’s Ready’ was one of the prizes, and Carolyn Chesshire, a co-founder of the Mortimer Country Food Fair, assessed the contestants on their use of skills, table layout, planning, presentation, and on the taste of their three courses.

Hattie’s menu was smoked mackeral pate with watercress and Melba toast, followed by salmon tagliatelle with crème fraiche and dill, and for dessert she prepared a vanilla panna cotta with a raspberry coulis and shortbread.

Hattie developed her passion for cooking after joining in with her parents preparing family meals or baking sweet treats.

Hattie received her winner’s certificate and prize from Carol Reilly, Rotary District Governor for Shropshire, Staffordshire and parts of the West Midlands.

From North Cotswolds Rotary Club that sponsored Hattie, president Peter Boxall who formerly ran a hotel in Torquay and Bourton said: “This is a fantastic achievement.

"Hattie has shown great skill under time pressure, producing a delicious meal I would be proud to serve. We all wish Hattie success in the National Final on Saturday 28th April, and I look forward to being there.”