Year 9 Superchef Competition Final
The final has just taken place of this annual competition, now in its 22nd year. This year 28 students entered the heats, which were held after school and the students had to prepare, cook and serve a dish of their choice that illustrated their skills and culinary expertise. A huge variety of dishes were produced, from Tandoori cod burgers with salad to chocolate swiss roll.
Eight students were selected as finalists from these heats and they had to prepare, cook and serve a two course celebration meal for two people, with a budget of £15 in one and a half hours.
There was a wide variety of celebration ideas including Halloween, a traditional Nigerian celebration and a vegetarian menu.
After thorough tasting and judging, the 2017 Superchef Champion was announced as Joely Watkinson in 9JK, who chose the theme of a wedding menu to illustrate her culinary skills. Her meal, which consisted of scotch quails eggs with a fruity salad (quails eggs wrapped in a herby sausage meat with a crispy coating served with an orange, pomegranate and watercress salad and horseradish dressing) followed by marinated salmon with tartare sauce, flavoured rice and sauteed tenderstem broccoli, really impressed the judges.
We were very grateful, once again, to our two guest judges for giving up their time to judge the final: Tony Tobin, professional chef and Mrs Sandra Cornford, retired former head of the food department. Mrs Wood, Head of Year 9 and Mrs Heard, Head of School, also joined the judging panel for the tasting; all judges were very impressed by the standards achieved, creativity and enthusiasm of the finalists.
Well done to everyone who worked very hard.