A taste of success
Talented young cooks from across the county Hampshire battled it out in a bid to be crowned the Hampshire champion in the regional final of the Create & Cook competition at South Downs College, Waterlooville.
Scott Newell, 13, and Ryan Bloxsom, 13, from Bay House School in Gosport, won the judges over with their homemade goat sausages with goats cheese and thyme Yorkshire puddings, cherry tomatoes and purple sprouting broccoli, which was followed by a duo of rhubarb and liquorish panna cottas.
Ellie Bristow and Izzy Waters, from Robert May’s School, Odiham, were close runners up in the Hampshire final after producing a summer vegetable roulade with new potatoes and garden tomato salad, accompanied by a elderflower panna cotta with gooseberry compote and tuile biscuits for dessert. Alfie Jolliffe and Shuzeda Chowdury from Brune Park School, Portsmouth, and Katie Nelson and Lilla Hardman, St Swithuns School, Winchester also competed in the Hampshire final.
The Create & Cook Competition, which is run by fit2cook food education and sponsored by The Southern Co-operative, aims to nurture young talent and celebrate local food.
The competition encourages students aged between 12 and 14 to create and cook a two-course menu using as many Hampshire-sourced ingredients as possible.
The finalists of the Hampshire heat, Scott and Ryan, will go on to the final of the Create & Cook Competition on Tuesday 21st June at Newlyns Cookery School in Hook, Hampshire.