King James’s cooking stars

Young cooking stars and King James's with their certificates (s)
Young cooking stars and King James's with their certificates (s)

Young chefs from King James’s have been busy cooking up a two course meal for the chance to win a trip to Italy.

Students at the school have been taking part in a cookery competition organised by Knaresborough Rotary club to encourage young people to learn to cook a healthy meal, and sponsored by hotel Nidd Hall.

The two top chefs from King James’s School, Boroughbridge High School and Nidderdale High School are now all in the running for a place in the Rotary District final which will take place in January at Betty’s Cookery School in Harrogate.

At King James’s Year 9 pupils Penny Salter and Sophie Baxter emerged as the top two prize winners.

Penny prepared a menu of steak pie with dauphinoise potatoes, peas puree and mint jelly followed by a tropical trio of desserts.

Sophie produced a savory cheese soufflé with mixed leaf salad followed by a pan fried seabass with citrus dressing, broccoli and capers.

They are now up against the winners at Boroughbridge High, Year 10 pupils Chris Warner and Lottie Miles, and the winners from at Nidderdale High who were Megan Haneskog and Bobby Connor.

All the contestants received certificates and the winners were presented with cookery books.

The judges included Nidd Hall’s Chef Kiran Selvarajan and Knaresborough Rotarians Hazel Haas, Bob Weddall and Jenny Hunter.

Winners from January’s district final may go on to compete regional and national finals.

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