Pupils from the King Alfred School Academy in Highbridge are the best in the cooking competition

TWO young cooking students from Somerset have won a competition.

Robert Dowell and Poppy MacKay from King Alfred School Academy in Highbridge competed in the Rotary Southern Regional Young Chefs Final.

Robert was runner-up and Poppy finished fourth with the Judges’ “Award of Commendation” at the Rotary Regional Finals in Hampshire.

Thirteen candidates took part in the competition, all between the ages of 12 and 16.

Teacher Natasha King said: ‘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.

The couple were tasked with creating a menu for two with a budget of £20 and a two-hour deadline.

Robert’s menu included:

  • BBQ Chicken Wings with Sour Cream and Chive Dip
  • Parma ham wrapped pollack with boiled potatoes asparagus tomatoes on the vine with lemon sauce
  • Panna cotta served with a raspberry coulis and hazelnut praline

Poppy’s menu includes:

  • skewer starter
  • Ravioli with smoked salmon and spicy red peppers
  • A lemon dessert trio

They were supported by family members, with Natasha plus technician Kim King of TKASA and Rotary President Chris Ashton and Rotarian Bernard Raines.

Chris added: “It was a tough decision for the judges. Poppy got 4th place with the judges commendation award and Robert was runner up.

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