On Friday 8th February, three pupils from Miss Morton’s Friday Hospitality Group were invited to Woodlands Academy in Spilsby for a friendly cooking competition, along with pupils from Greenfields Academy in Grantham.
Sharney Presley, Jack West-Sadler and Amelia Toynbee, along with Mrs Capindale and Mrs Keltgen from Ambergate, travelled to the school in Spilsby, for the bake-off style contest, with the briefing of, ‘cook a main meal from scratch!’.
The group decided to prepare a meal that they had previously made in their hospitality lessons, which was a chicken pie, made famous by Joe Wicks, served with oven cooked potato wedges. Joe Wicks otherwise known as "The Body Coach" is a British fitness coach, TV Presenter and Author, specialising in cooking and fitness books. The chicken pie is a healthier alternative as the pastry is Filo, as opposed to the traditional short crust.
The pupils took their own ingredients and used the food tech facilities at Woodlands. Each school team cooked independently and the staff observed correct Health & Safety of the pupils while they were cooking.
The allotted time was to cook the main meal from scratch in two hours, which was to include the housekeeping of the food areas, and serve it to the table, set for two diners.
Six Woodlands Academy staff made up the panel of judges. After much deliberation the judges placed the Woodlands pupils in 1st place. They were unable to decide 2nd and 3rd place due to the high standard of the food served, so placed both Ambergate and Greenfields equal 2nd.
Mrs Capindale, TA, said, ‘Although we didn’t win the competition, the pupils were extremely proud of themselves and they were great ambassadors for the school. We received fantastic feedback from the Woodlands Academy judges about our delicious pie. Greenfields Academy have volunteered to host the re-match, which will be puddings, and we are looking forward to it. Watch this space!’