Inter-House Masterchef Final Challenge
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Inter-House Masterchef Final Challenge

Just 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.   

An 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 at 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 chopping and blenders started whizzing as their two hours cooking time started.   

Within 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 Tech Room.   

Visitors 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.

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