Cooking in teams at Thomas Cowley

THE WINNERS: Ellie-Mae Allen and Katy Smith with their winning dishes. SG221014-231TW
THE WINNERS: Ellie-Mae Allen and Katy Smith with their winning dishes. SG221014-231TW
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Students and staff at Thomas Cowley High School in Donington cooked up a storm at their annual cooking competition.

The challenge involved 12 pairs – one teacher, one student – who cooked a two- course meals for judges Rob Hammond, host of Lincs FM’s breakfast show, along with Sally Elkington from Lincs FM’s farming programme and Steve Cottrell, catering lecturer at Boston College.

JUDGEMENT DAY: Steve Cottrell, Sally Elkington and Rob Hammond get judging. Photos (TIM WILSON): SG221014-236TW

JUDGEMENT DAY: Steve Cottrell, Sally Elkington and Rob Hammond get judging. Photos (TIM WILSON): SG221014-236TW

The teams only had one hour to cook their meal and, as the standard was remarkably high, the judges struggled to choose an overall winner but the winners were music teacher Katy Smith and Ellie-Mae Allen who cooked a butternut squash and mushroom risotto and parkin cake with a warm toffee sauce.

Ellie Livesey, from Thomas Cowley High School, said: “It really was a fabulous event and we all look forward to next year’s competition.

“Congratulations must go to food technology teacher Diane Jenney who organised the whole event.

“They should also go to students Toby Scott and Sarah Houseman who acted as host and hostess and did a marvellous job keeping the teams and supporters well supplied with drinks.

“Thanks must also go to the judges.”