Ercall Wood Academy

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Rotary Young Chef Competition

On Wednesday 27th November eight students from Ercall Wood Academy took part in the National Rotary Young Chef Competition. The brief was to plan a two-course meal, for two people for under £15s which could be cooked and served within 90 minutes. The focus was on healthy food choices, practical skills and flavour.

The winner was Nerys Huxley from year 8 who cooked a Vegan Tia Red Curry followed by Mulled Poached Pears. Robert Bird one of the four judges described the flavours as amazing and said there was a real flare in the way she cooked the dishes.

Second place was awarded to Anthony Lenton from year 10 who cooked Sausage and Bean Casserole, followed by Chocolate Fondant with Cherry Compote and Crème Fraiche. The judges said his fondant was very good.

Third place went to Genivive Obanye in year 8 who cooked moist free range tender chicken breast coated in a light paprika marinade with a side of rainbow seasonal vegetables, followed by a Chocolate Parafait. The judges said the flavours of the marinade were very good.

Abi Ringer in year 10 was highly commented for her Lemon Grass Chicken Breast served with Basmati Rice. Robert Bird said the chicken was moist and had a very good flavour of lemon grass which is difficult to achieve.

Grace Evans in year 8 was highly commented for her Zesty Lemon and Ginger Cheesecake which was described as having a good balance of flavours and textures.

Nerys goes on to the Regional Heats of the Rotary Young Chef Competition at Stafford College on the 12th February, where she will be required to cook a three course meal for two in two hours for less than £20s.