King Alfred School Academy students impress in cooking competition

STUDENTS from King Alfred School Academy cooked up a storm in a competition organized by the Rotary Club of Burnham-on-Sea.

The judges gave the students two hours to prepare a healthy three-course meal for two costing less than £20.

The students were judged on their menus, the health benefits of their food, and their costs.

Two students, Robert Dowell (Grade 10) and Poppy MacKay (Grade 9) progressed onto the South West Stage of the National Young Chef Competition, to be held March 12, after finishing in first and second place respectively.

Robert’s impressive menu included Honey BBQ Chicken Wings, Hunter’s Chicken and a Poached Pear.

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Poppy opted for a meatless menu consisting of a bruschetta, a chickpea burger with sweet potato fries, a vegan chocolate mousse and a mint and raspberry mocktail.

Kieran Moore (year 10) and Ryan Brice and Jake Bartlett (both year 9) were also recognized for their hard work planning and executing their three-course menus.

The competition was organized by the Rotary Club, David Stickles and Bernard Raines.

The judging panel included school principal Dan Milford and local hotel owner Carol Chalmers.

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Mr Milford said: ‘The students were amazing as always and are a credit to the academy.

Natasha King, a teacher at the school, added: “I am so proud as a teacher and guardian of all these students.

“All achieved what was required and more.

“They would all have been worthy winners.”

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