Cumbrian teenager wins Young Chef title

Oliver McGeorge
Image caption Oliver is to embark on a course at a French catering college

A 15-year-old aspiring chef from Cumbria has won a national culinary award.

Oliver McGeorge, from Watermillock on the north shore of Ullswater, was crowned Rotary Young Chef at the contest's final in Stratford upon Avon.

His interest in cooking was fired by his parents, Andrew and Tracy, who both work at Ullswater lakeside hotel.

He won the award for his menu and cooking skills, defeating seven other young cooks.

The judges were unanimous in their decision.

Recalling his feelings in an interview with BBC Radio Cumbria, Oliver said: "When I arrived at the final I was very nervous, especially when I saw the other competitor's dishes because they all seem very complex.

"I was afraid my menu wasn't good enough.

"Once the competition started I focused on my cooking and knew that if I cooked it to my best ability I would be in with a chance."

Oliver's prize is a three-day culinary tour of northern Italy, which he plans to take after sitting his GCSE exams, and a day of work experience with Michelin-starred Phil Thompson at Auberge du Lac in Hertfordshire.

In September 2012, Oliver will begin at Marseille Catering College after his French teacher learning of his cooking ability and secured him a place.