Two Aspiring Future Chefs

On Friday, 4 February, two of our Year 12 students competed in two different national cooking competitions simultaneously.

Year 12 student, Katie Elder, competed in the national final of the Teflon Diamond Standard Awards – Aspiring Student Chefs competition at Bournemouth and Poole College. Judges included Lesley Waters, of Ready, Steady, Cook fame and many other industry specialists. It was a jam-packed day with five challenges to tackle, one of which involved Katie showcasing her striped spinach tortellini – her final signature dish. She produced a layered chocolate orange and ginger mousse with vanilla tuille for the skills challenge round. Although Katie didn’t win, she produced some fantastic food and we are very proud of her achievements in this high-level competition.

Competition Rounds:

  • Prepare & Cook Skills Challenge Dish: Cold Classic Chocolate Mousse
  • Observation Test
  • Mystery Fish Dish
  • Prepare & Cook Fish Dish
  • Prepare & Cook Signature Dish

On the same day Poppy Gregory, another of our Year 12 students, competed in the Northwest regional finals of the national Futurechef competition. She competed against 10 other competitors to produce a two course meal. Poppy’s ambitious menu consisted of wort glazed pheasant with sweet potato fondant, salsa verde, a black pudding bon bon and chicory; and for dessert, a malted mousse with rosehip syrup and isolmalt tuille. The judges commented that it was the most exciting menu of the day and they loved the black pudding bon bon and commended the level of skill attempted and used throughout the two dishes. It was a very closely fought contest but unfortunately she was just pipped to the winning post. A huge well done to Poppy for her amazing efforts. Keep up the brilliant work!


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