MASTERCHEFS in the making cooked up a real treat when taking part in the MK College Chef Skills Team Challenge Cup on Tuesday.
The cookery competition has been running for eight years and tests the cooking and creativity skills of students.
Teams were judged on teamwork and communication, working in a safe and secure environment, knowledge and skills and presentation of food and balance of flavours.
The students had to prepare cook and present a three-course meal for two people within a time limit with the difficult job of judging going to Citizen editor Olga Norford and Karen and Jane Forder, of Bletchley & Fenny Stratford Town Council
The competition, which is open to all classes and levels, is normally held during the last week of the academic year. Teams are selected by their own classes – so you have to be pretty good to even be considered as someone to represent your class label. For the students on the Level 1 programme this year there were 5 teams consisting of three students in each.
The Level 1 team had to: compile a menu of their choice, within a set budget; have only 1 hour and 45 mins to prepare, cook and present a three-course meal for four people consisting of: canapés; hot starter, hot main course of meat or fish with one potato dish and two vegetables.
> For the Level 2 competition students had to prepare, cook and present a three-course meal for two people consisting of a: hot or cold starter, hot main course, (to consist of a meat or fish or pasta) with an appropriate sauce, a potato dish and two seasonal vegetables rounding off with a hot or cold dessert.
Teams were asked to produce the meal within 1¾ hours, with all dishes to be presented when requested.
Citizen editor, Olga Norford, said:”It was a privilege to judge the competition with students demonstrating a high level of cooking skills.
“Both the the quality and presentation of dishes was outstanding and the proof of the pudding really was in the eating.
“They were all winners!”
> Pictured are winners of the Level 2 category Lauren McSporran, Jake Larley and Rebecca Houseago.
The team of Level 1 students were Reggie Njovana, Dan Cairns and Dan Jackson.
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