I’m so excited to announce the winners of the Home Cooking Skills Competition 2017!
The standard this year was brilliant and there were some really great-looking dishes. It was lovely to see all the awesome entries come in – whittling them down to three was a very tough job! But here they are, drumroll please…
1st prize goes to Chloe Watkins from Compass School in Southampton.
Compass School is a pupil referral unit where Chloe started at the beginning of Year 11. She came to Compass School because she had disengaged with her previous school and her attendance was very low. It was at Compass School that she found a natural talent for food technology. She is never afraid to try new things and has gradually built up a wide range of cooking skills and techniques through the Jamie’s Home Cooking Skills qualification. Since finishing her exams in June, Chloe has already had experience working in a restaurant and also has a place at a local college on their catering course which starts in September.
Her teacher, Carley Huxam, says, ‘We are really proud of what Chloe has achieved in the short time she has been with us – she is very passionate about cooking and has shown such enjoyment in developing her skills and it’s amazing that this has been recognised by others too through the competition.’
2nd prize goes to Callum Rundle Kearns from The Island Learning Centre in the Isle of Wight.
Callum cooked a delicious British beef crostini with zesty crème fraiche and baby leaf salad, a main of Sesame chicken with Oriental-style dipping sauce and teriyaki noodles and a very impressive Chocolate bomb for dessert! This was made of a gooey chocolate brownie
under a chocolate dome which very cleverly melted when a warm chocolate sauce was poured over it!
3rd place goes to Liam Bateman from Andover Education Centre in Andover.
Liam Bateman chose to go with a Mexican theme and thought very carefully about the special dietary requirements for his menu. He cooked a starter of spicy shrimp, catering for vegetarians with cheesy pinto beans and made homemade nachos to go alongside. His main was a Bolognese burrito, with quorn mince for vegetarians, and the dessert was a dish of sweet tacos filled with ice cream and berries. Yum!
Well done to all our fantastic winners – you all put in a lot of effort and the results were delicious! The standard was very high this year and it’s really great to see how many of you are cooking and acing the presentation. Keep up the brilliant work guys!
Jamie’s Home Cooking Skills team