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Devonport High School for Girls

Plymouth's Young Chef Challenge

Congratulations to year 9 students Molly R, Matilda S and Daisy B who won Plymouth's Young Chef Challenge on Friday- 'Best Main' and 'Best Overall'. Absolutely fantastic!

After a long absence - the last competition was in 2018 - we were really pleased and excited to be welcomed back to City College Plymouth to take part in the Young Chef Team Challenge. Year Nine students in groups of three, plan, make and present a three-course meal based on ingredients specified by the College. This year the starter was based on fresh mackerel, the main on chicken supreme and the dessert on rhubarb. Seven schools from Plymouth and the surrounding area participated in the event. Our team, Daisy, Molly and Tilly came up with a delicious and well-balanced menu comprising Mackerel, chorizo, blood orange and walnut salad, Tandoori chicken, tandoori vegetable skewers, brown rice and garlic naan bread and Pavlova topped with Chantilly cream and a rhubarb and strawberry compote. As the day started, the team was calm yet excited and not at all daunted by the slightly intimidating task of working in a professional kitchen. The chefs working in the kitchen alongside them particularly commented on the high levels of cooperation and communication between them displayed throughout. There are four prizes awarded; best starter, best main, best dessert and best overall. Against stiff competition, our DHSG team was absolutely delighted to win not only best main course but also best overall, I am a very proud teacher! We will soon display the engraved cup in reception.