BUDDING Masterchefs in Redditch have been battling it out in the kitchens of Woodfield Academy in their very own competition to become ‘Woodfield Chef of the Year 2022’.
Eight students from Year 7 and 10 from Year 8 rolled up their sleeves to prepare a three course meal in three hours inspired by a country of their choice.
Judging the competition were school staff and a top chef from The Orangery in Ipsley.
Sponsorship came from Casa Med in Bromsgrove, Lakeland at Webb’s Garden Centre and Morrisons supermarket which donated two white dinner sets for the children to serve their meals on.
Year 8 cook-off, teacher Gemma Lawrence said: “This proved to be our most closely fought competition yet, with scores so close, that there were only five average points between 1st and 5th!”
Not only that but the Orangery reckoned many of the dishes were of restaurant quality.
In first place was Lydia with her Italian inspired menu of ‘Tomato Arancini’ served with a homemade tomato dip and rocket salad to garnish, followed by a flavour-some homemade lasagne and polished off with a dessert of Tiramisu.
In second place, Evie with a stunning vegan menu, with Ania and Star in joint third.
For the Year 7 competition the judges included not only staff but two chefs from Casa Med.
In first place was Theo with his Spanish inspired menu featuring a rich tomatoey starter of patatas bravas, a flavoursome paella, and a dessert of churros with homemade chocolate sauce.
In second was Bethan who created an Italian inspired menu with three students, Oliver, Camren and Lexi all joint third.
“The children were bursting with pride at what they had managed to achieve and were delighted with the comments from the judges,” said Gemma.
As well as prizes for the winners all children who took part received an embroidered apron featuring the Woodfield logo with the slogan ‘Chef of the Year 2022’ plus a certificate, an outstanding star reward, a headteacher’s award and a personalised wooden spoon engraved with their name and ‘Chef of the Year 2022’.