Masterchefs impress at The ForestBy Laura Herbert
May 24, 2012
Future Gordon Ramsays and Jamie Olivers showcased their culinary skills during The Forest School’s very own Masterchef competition.
As part of a new house competition, year groups nominated two pupils to represent each school house in the cookery competition.
Each form raised a £10 budget to buy the ingredients for their recipe for the chef to prepare and cook in one hour after school.
Year Seven pupils cooked a sweet dish, while the Year Eight team opted for savoury.
The team representing Year Nine had the choice of sweet or savory, while Years 10 and 11 could choose a course but had to produce two dishes.
The competition took place at the school in Robin Hood Lane from Monday, April 30, to Friday, May 4.
Chef Shaun Collins, a warrant officer class 1 in the Army’s Royal Logistic Corps, helped the headteacher judge the dishes, which were marked on flavour and presentation.
Mr Collins showed off his own cookery skill and rustled up a pan-fried sea bass in a split yellow chick pea and double cream masala curry sauce.
He said: “Competitions like this obviously focus on cooking, but are also excellent for testing skills like team work and working under pressure.
“It was great to see how well the boys all performed.
“It was very inspirational for me to see that cooking is really being embraced at such a young age and the standard was very high.”
Food tech teacher Linda Arnold, who helped organise the event, added: “We see a different side to many of our students when they cook as they begin to realise that not only is cooking fun but it can also become a career.
“It was great to have Shaun along as the boys met a real chef and he gave them tips on presentation.”
The winning teams receive points for their school houses and a commemorative mug.