Kids get busy in the kitchen

June 27 2017

STUDENT Charlie Barr took the honours in a competition for young cooks.

STUDENT Charlie Barr took the honours in a competition for young cooks.

He was one of 12 GCSE pupils at Chipping Sodbury School to be challenged to devise dishes suitable for vegetarians during the contest organised by Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club.

Each competitor had to prepare a healthy two-course meal, which was judged by a trio of local food experts.

Charlie’s menu, which won him the title of Rotary Young Chef, consisted of chickpea and lentil dahl with coconut cauliflower rice, followed by pear and almond tart.

Skye Jee was the runner-up with her vegetarian lasagna and Victorian sponge cake.

  The judging panel of Jonathan Jones, director at JJ Sports Catering, Ann Murray of Cooking4 Cookery School and Jane Grafton, cookery school manager at Hobbs House Bakery, said they were impressed with the standard of the entries.   

Ms Murray, who has been a judge for the contest for four years, said: “Charlie was highly commended by all members of the panel for his use of vegetables in all elements of his main course, his inventive use of ingredients, colours and flavours and this really set him apart. 

“His desert had the perfect balance of an amazing filing, perfectly cooked pastry and excellent presentation.”  

Rotary club president Ian Lowe, who presented the prizes, said: “It was clear how much time, thought and effort the students had given to the challenge and we were impressed with the inventiveness and skill of all of the students involved.”