Pupils dish up delights at college

cookery competition for kids at wakefield college restaurant.'Pictured: Lauren Howarth, Harry Gunning, Sam Haigh

cookery competition for kids at wakefield college restaurant.'Pictured: Lauren Howarth, Harry Gunning, Sam Haigh

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Budding chefs went head to head in a cookery competition at Wakefield College.

Pupils from five schools from Wakefield and the surrounding areas, including Ossett Academy and Outwood Academy, were challenged to cook up a three-course treat at the college’s Gaskell’s restaurant last week.

More than 40 pupils entered the competition, which involved submitting a menu, ingredients list and cooking method. The cream of the crop were then picked to battle it out in the kitchen.

Teams were allocated a cooking station and a commis chef and had to dish up their menu in a set time.

Co-ordinator Jane Fitzpatrick said: “It was a very high-pressured event, and they experienced what working in a real restaurant kitchen environment would be like. The standard of all the cookery was very high. They all did amazingly well.”

Pupils from Ossett Academy were crowned the winners with their menu of asparagus wrapped in salmon, tarragon chicken and a summer berry dessert.

Their menu will now be served up at the restaurant.