Pupils win chef title

Ellis Cook and Kelly-Jo Crooks from Hemsworth Art and Community College won a cooking competition with Wakefield College.
Ellis Cook and Kelly-Jo Crooks from Hemsworth Art and Community College won a cooking competition with Wakefield College.

Students in Hemsworth have been named school chefs of the year after they beat off competition with a tasty three course meal.

Kelly-Jo Crooks, 14, and Ellis Cook, 15, year 10 pupils at Hemsworth Art and Community College, were chosen for a final cook-off after submitting their menu to a competition at Wakefield College.

The girls went up against teams from four other colleges by creating a healthy, balanced meal in two hours that showed off local produce.

Katie Hyde, their food technology teacher, said: “The girls worked fantastically as a team and were cool, calm and collected throughout.

“Each individual dish looked superb and tasted even better - I could not be more proud.”

The students claimed first place with their menu of butternut squash and Yorkshire chorizo soup, Yorkshire blue stuffed chicken breast wrapped in bacon with a walnut sauce, and rhubarb and ginger cheesecake.

It was judged by the Wakefield College Principal and two of our senior catering lecturers.

Darren Sharpe, lecturer in Hospitality and Catering at Wakefield College, said: “Ellis and Kelly-Jo were fantastic throughout the day and produced some amazing food.”