After a nervous two week wait the Laleham Gap Chef of the Year award was announced to a packed assembly last week.
After three weeks of amazing cooking almost 30, Year 9 entrants were whittled down to seven finalists.
Last year had been the inaugural year of the competition and it was called ‘Bake Off.’ This year Kay set the students the challenge of creating their best French cuisine and called it ‘Laleham Gap Young Chef of 2018’.
Just like in Masterchef the finalists had the pressure of cooking for an expert panel of judges- including last year’s winner, the head teacher and the school chef. It was an intense four hour effort.
The range of dishes produced included French cheesecake, which alongside soft cheese incorporated brie; Fench style chicken with peas and bacon; crème brulee; French madeleines, Pistou soup and even a Buch de Noel.
At last week’s assembly the top four finalists were announced. After they received prizes, Mrs Johnson announced the winner.
The now annual trophy was awarded to Carag for her “outstanding” French Summer Pitsou Soup, which judges had branded “restaurant quality.”
Miss Johnson said she was proud of how far all of the youngsters had come in their cooking journey.
Carag will be back in the competition next year as a judge.