Wrenn School Masterchef Competition organised by the Youth Service Team

This year marked the debut of Masterchef at Wrenn Academy, and what a success it was!

The competition accepted 50 entries; split into two groups, the pupils were asked to create a ‘dish that would impress’;  from pan-fried duck breast in a red wine reduction to traditional Polish fare,  the skillset of the pupils was outstanding. Competitors were then required to demonstrate their technical skills through making choux pastry and swiss roll; the array of creative approaches was striking and the natural ability of many competitors impressive. As the weeks progressed, we had to say goodbye to a number of competitors and on Monday 14th December, we held the grand final for ten of our best cooks.

Joining us, Peter Hall, Executive Chef of Wellingborough Golf Club, demonstrated the making of eggs benedict, which the competitors were expected to recreate. Peter noted the exceptional caliber of our competitors and that he considered a number of dishes to be verging on perfect!

Finally, the competitors were asked to create a dish of their choice that would impress the judges; after much deliberation, Kieran Connolly (Year 9) took first place for his dish of bacon wrapped chicken with a cranberry sauce, pureed potato and caramelised carrots.

We very much look forward to holding an even bigger and better competition in 12 months’ time to find our next Masterchef! 

Thanks go to Nigel’s Youth Service Team for organising this event and building  links with Wrenn School.


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