Game Star Poppy Wins Masterclass With Chef

Following her fantastic success in the national ‘Game Stars’ cookery competition, Year 11 student Poppy Gregory joined a masterclass at Northcote Hotel Lancashire and was invited to cook lunch in the Michelin starred kitchen with Chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen for her parents and teacher, Mrs McKenna.

Over 80 students from all over the country competed to developed their own game recipe as part of the School Game Changer project. The challenge set by Taste of Game and the Food Teachers Centre was to create a quick and easy game meat recipe with a modern twist.

Poppy scooped the top gold award and one of only 3 judges’ commendations with her Teriyaki Rabbit recipe.

The top 18 entries will also have their recipes published in a booklet which will be available at events and game fairs across the country.

On Day 1 of the prize stay at Northcote Hotel in Lancashire, Poppy joined the Masterclass with Lisa Allen in the cook school room based in the main kitchen. Lisa demonstrated 3 dishes – Venison Tartare, Pigeon with port sauce and beetroot, and a Taste of Strawberries (strawberry sauce, sorbet and cream with meringues). Throughout the demonstration, Lisa passed on top techniques and tips she uses.

On Day 2, the selected students worked in the professional kitchen during preparation time in the morning with the rest of the kitchen brigade. Poppy’s focus was the pastry section. The students then prepared the meals for their teachers and parents.