Inter-House Masterchef Final Challenge
over a week ago, the two students from each House who progressed through the heat
of Masterchef were given an envelope with £20. They received instructions that during
the morning of Thursday 9 November they were to produce a two course meal for four
people that did not exceed the budget they had been given.
array of ingredients, equipment and crockery appeared in the Food Tech Room at
9am along with eight apprehensive but excited students from Years 9-13 - ready
to show off their culinary prowess
the second running of the Inter-House Masterchef Final. The mood was quiet, but
organised as the students prepared their cooking stations ready for battle to commence
and at 9.20am knives started
and blenders started whizzing as their two hours cooking time started.
minutes staff, students and parents who were visiting popped in and commented
on the amazing aromas drifting around Hampshire Collegiate School. An aura of
calm, yet determined competition was clear to see by all who came into the Food
to our ‘Discover us on a school day’ event kept pestering them like Paul Hollywood
from Great British Bake Off, but they all kept their cool and at 11.30am eight
amazing meals were presented to the eagerly awaiting staff who had kindly volunteered
as judges. Dishes ranged from roasted duck in an orange sauce with crushed
potatoes, a cauliflower coulis and pak choi; to stuffed chicken wrapped in parma
ham with rigatoni and home-made pesto for the main course and apricot fool to
chocolate soufflé for dessert.
After heated debate and arguments on the merits of
their favourites, the judges agreed that a pupil from Austen (with his
incredible Thai Green Curry and Banoffee Pie) was the winner. It was much
closer for the other places. Eventually the second chef from Austen House came
second and with a chef from Palmerston in third place.
As a house competition
Austen won, with Palmerston second, Nightingale third and Chichester fourth. Congratulations
to all eight participants for their fabulous cooking and a range of dishes.