Rosie is the new Fleetwood Young Chef of the Year

Healthier Fleetwood is delighted to announce that Rosie Preston from Year 6 at St Mary’s Primary School is the winner of the 2019 Fleetwood Young Chef of the Year.

Rosie was awarded the title after a cook-off against 3 other young chefs … James McLaughlin (Charles Saer Primary), Sophie Gowen (Shakespeare Primary) and Harrison Shepherd (Flakefleet Primary) … held in the kitchens of Twelve Restaurant in Thornton.

Working alongside the professional chefs the youngsters produced some amazing and delicious menus for their challenge which is to design and cook a three course meal for their hero on a £10 budget. It’s also about learning more about a balanced diet and the value of nutrition in keeping body and mind healthy.

This is the third year of the challenge which is open to all the Town’s primary schools who receive on-line resources and work books designed by The Food Teacher UK and commissioned for Healthier Fleetwood. 

Head judge is Harry Lomas MBE, executive chef at Wembley Stadium. Harry, originally from Lancashire, is passionate about the need to encourage future generations to eat well, learn the basics of cookery and a better understanding of nutrition. He was impressed with the standard too, “The quality of the menus was incredible and it was great to see the imaginative choices of some courses alongside traditional options. I would have been happy to serve some of the courses produced to guests at any establishment I’ve worked in.” 

Dr Mark Spencer of Healthier Fleetwood looks forward to finals weekend every year, “It’s been an absolute privilege to be involved in the Young Chef challenge, one of the highlights of my career as a GP. If we can start to affect the way this generation think about nutrition and diet it will help create a healthier community in the future.”

Caroline Upton of Twelve Restaurant added “We are delighted to host the finals again this year and see the talented young chefs work in our kitchens, possibly inspiring them to a future career,”

Rosie received her award from Chef Harry at the Celebration Lunch for all the finalists and their families, also at Twelve, on the Saturday after the cook-off.

Healthier Fleetwood would like to thank everyone involved in making the Young Chef challenge a success again this year …. 

  • Katharine, Marie & Ellen of The Food Teacher UK, for the design of the resources provided to the schools and their support throughout the challenge.
  • Our head judge Harry Lomas MBE, a ‘Lancashire Lad’ passionate about inspiring future generations.
  • Caroline, Paul & all the team at Twelve Restaurant & Lounge Bar for hosting the Finals and giving the young chefs an unforgettable opportunity. 
  • My Fish Company for providing the delicious cod fillets for the Celebration Lunch.
  • Rude Health for donating prizes to our finalists, sharing their enthusiasm for great food.
  • The staff at Fleetwood’s primary schools, parents, family & friends for their support and of course to the amazing Young Chefs … Keep Cooking!

Further information on the Young Chef challenge is available at


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