Students from The Grange, Highcliffe and Twynham schools cooked up a storm to decide the finalists for the Junior Cook of the Year competition, held as part of Christchurch Food & Wine Festival.
The judges had a difficult job coming up with the winners but they eventually chose Amy Gordon from Twynham School, Saskia Thorne from Highcliffe School and Tom Noory from The Grange School.
Amy’s winning menu was golden scallops with sunblush mash and greens followed by a ginger, salted caramel, apricot and apple crumble. Saskia presented Thai beef burgers on fresh homemade white rolls served with a tomato salsa and salad following by chocolate choux buns served with strawberries. Tom served up duck breast in passion fruit sauce with new potatoes, carrots and French beans followed by chocolate ‘mug’ dessert with crème fraiche and raspberries.
All three finalists will now face the daunting task of cooking in front of an audience in the demonstration marquee behind The Regent Centre at 9.15am on Friday 10 May during the Food Festival.