Last Thursday evening, Year 10 students Dylan Baylis and Amelia Downward, winners of the Broadoak School Future Chef competition heat, represented the school in the local heat of the national competition hosted by the Hospitality and Catering Faculty at Weston College.
They were up against seven other contestants, all winners of their own school heats, so the standard was high.
Using his excellent pastry skills, Dylan produced a wonderfully presented short crust pastry tart served with new potatoes and fresh winter coleslaw with choux pastry profiteroles for desert.
Amelia cooked up a deliciously seasoned well balanced fennel risotto followed by profiteroles served with a chocolate orange sauce.
Amelia was selected as a joint winner. After receiving weekly mentoring from the staff at Weston College to refine her skills, along with the other winner, Amelia will have the opportunity to participate in the regional heat in Devon in February. This will be a fantastic experience for Amelia.
The workmanship of the students was commented on by all the judges, who were impressed with their calm and mature attitude whilst working under time pressures in a professional kitchen which they were unfamiliar with.
Both Amelia and Dylan were real ambassadors for Broadoak and made their teacher very proud!