Culinary Skills to the Test in Annual MasterChef Competition
Last week our cookery school held its annual Inter-House MasterChef competition, which saw pupils put through their culinary paces in a testing two hours of cooking.
The teams, consisting of two pupils from each house, were required to prepare a three-course meal for two, on a budget of no more than £25. Utensils at the ready, the budding chefs faced off against one another across the stove tops in the school’s well-equipped cookery classroom
On offer were some wonderfully creative dishes, including a tomato ‘surf and turf’, wild Alaskan salmon, and homemade lemon cheesecake. This year, Woodard’s Patagonia scallops with pea puree and crispy pancetta proved popular with the judges, with the dish fast becoming the talking point of the evening.
This year’s judges, cookery teacher, Mrs Lewis, the Headmaster’s PA, Mrs Byrne and the Headmaster, Mr Biggs, were delighted by the many flavoursome dishes on produced. Darren Banks and Charlie Thomas (Woodard) won the ‘Starters’ category, with the aforemenntioned Patagonia scallops.Ed Hunt and Carl Rankin (Tuckwell) were judged to have cooked the best main course: chicken wrapped in bacon, with a sausage stuffing, mixed vegetable and mashed potatoes.
Georgie Crouch and Molly Vellacott (Meynell), had the edge when it came to pudding. Their refreshing raspberry and mint sorbet, topped with praline shards and warm brownie pieces, was spectacularly good.
But it was Tuckwell House who were victorious overall. Their menu consisted of a goats cheese and onion tart starter, followed by their winning main course, and finished off with a tantalising Summer Fruit Fool.
The judges described their menu as “a stunning meal: taste and balance to perfection.”
The Inter-House MasterChef competition is always a popular and fun event, with houseparents and eager supporters from each housepopping by to taste the first class dishes.
Each year the standard of the pupils’ cooking improves, which is a direct result of the cookery courses which are on offer to our pupils year-round. Younger pupils have the option to take a cookery class on Friday afternoons, while seniors are able to undertake the more challenging Leiths Cookery qualification.