Category winners included Amelia Page, 14, from Invicta Grammar in Maidstone, who took the secondary school prize with her creamy ravioli in seafood sauce followed by Kentish apple sorbet, blackberry purée and crumble. She was awarded £150.
She also automatically won a place in regional competition Rotary Young Chef – where she’ll take on five other youngsters making a bid for the national grand final.
The primary school winner was Amelia Phillips, 10, from Bredgar CofE in Sittingbourne who received £50 for her pan-roasted free-range chicken breast, baby leeks, parsnip purée, beetroot and balsamic dressing.
Ten year old Brooke Keen from Hernhill CofE primary school, in Faversham, and her father Ray scooped £100 for clinching the family category title. They made skate wing, brown butter, capers and new potatoes plus a dessert of homemade ginger beer tarte tatin with homemade ginger beer.