A group of Academy students from Year 9 were most enthusiastic about taking part in the Young Chef of the Year competition organised by the Rotary Club.
The first round of the competition saw the local heat take place in the Academy’s Food Technology room where students had to create and serve a three course meal that would impress the visiting judges.
During the event organised by Food Technology teacher, Miss McGee, students were set the challenge of producing a three-course healthy meal on a limited budget of £15 within a two-hour time frame.
Marks were awarded for a variety of skills from choice of menu, planning, standards of hygiene to the taste and presentation of the meal. Judging the competition were restaurant owner, Orlando Gubbini, of Heckmondwike Rotary Club and Maureen Leask from Mirfield Rotary Club.
The standard of cooking and presentation was extremely high.
Mr Gubbini told us: “Based on the quality of the puddings any of the competitors could work in my restaurant.”
He went on to give feedback to the students before announcing the winners of the competition, which was based on their competencies in creating all three courses. Our delighted winners are: 1st Amena Shaikh, 2nd Emily Grason, 3rd Malyka Choudry.
Amena Shaikh, who created her award-winning dish of vegetable pilaf with cucumber yoghurt, will now go on to take part in the regional heat of the competition. This takes place at Betty’s Cooking School in Harrogate on the 5th February. At this event she will be competing against students from several other schools across the region and we wish her every success.