Masterful in the kitchen

Robbie Warwick-John, Simone Watson and George Cooper cooked up a Thai treat to take the De Aston Masterchef title
Robbie Warwick-John, Simone Watson and George Cooper cooked up a Thai treat to take the De Aston Masterchef title

STEP aside Si King and move back Heston Blumenthal – sixth formers at De Aston School have shown they have a talent for top-quality nosh.

Over the past few weeks, the year 13 students have been wowing a team of staff judges with their culinary delights in an inter-tutor group Masterchef competition.

In teams of three, the students were tasked with preparing a dish of their choice in a bid to impress the judges.

Head of sixth form Judith Curtis organised the competition, now in its fourth year at the school.

“Our aim is to provide the students with an opportunity to practice some cooking skills that they will possibly need at University,” said Mrs Curtis.

“It also provides some good-humoured competition between our Year 13 tutor groups.”

The competition was, of course, inspired by the popular TV programme and, as on the show, the groups were judged not only on taste and presentation, but on team work too.

The final five delicious dishes were belly pork stir fry, chicken and mushroom pie with sweet potato mash, Thai green chicken curry, sticky toffee pudding and cheesecake with raspberry coulis.

It was a very difficult decision but in the end, the judges decided the Thai green chicken curry tickled their tastebuds the most.

The chefs responsible for the winning dish were Simone Watson, George Cooper and Robbie Warwick-John, who were each presented with a MasterChef recipe book.