Future masterchefs do battle in national cookery competition

A tense cook off was required to separate the two highest scoring AGS competitors in the first stage of the Springboard Future Chefs national cookery competition. 

Tom Alexander (Lee 10) and Toby Simon (Hampden 9) went head to head in a gladiatorial kitchen duel to decide which student would make it through to the next stage and compete against other budding chefs from the local area.

Tom's 'delicious' lamb burger with spiced wedges, and Toby's 'sensational' lemon chicken dish - both prepared in the first round

Tom’s ‘delicious’ lamb burger with spiced wedges, and Toby’s ‘sensational’ lemon chicken dish – both prepared in the first round

The steaks could hardly have been higher after the school’s first cook off round ended in a draw between Tom and Toby. The boys were judged on their ability to create two portions of a main course in under an hour and costing under £5, whilst being observed for workmanship, organisation, creativity and presentation. Toby’s chicken dish was unanimously declared ‘delicious’ by the panel of judges, however Miss Treherne, Mrs Isherwood and Mrs Wilkinson were unable to separate his effort from Tom’s and ordered a rematch. Absolutely nobody in any way suggested that this was because they wanted another excellent free meal.

The two dishes prepared in the second cook off. Left is Toby's winning dish, right is Tom's runner-up

The two dishes prepared in the second cook off. Left is Toby’s winning dish, right is Tom’s runner-up

The atmosphere for their second contest was ‘competitive but courteous’, according to Mrs Wilkinson, and both Tom and Toby received high marks once again. But after lengthy deliberations Toby was chosen as the winner to go through to the next round of the competition, the regional final at Hartwell House where he faces the daunting task of preparing two portions of a main course and dessert for under £7.

Congratulations to Toby for his victory and wish him the best luck in the next stages of this prestigious competition.

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Toby with Maddie Berkeley, the winner from the High School