Students impress at Masterchef

Reepham High School students impressed the judges in a Masterchef competition as part of the Festival. They were required to develop recipe ideas for two courses to be produced from local ingredients for less than £15. The competition was organised by Mrs Angela Gibbs, Head of Food & Catering at the School. 

The winner, Ollie Marston will receive £100 and the opportunity for a hands-on kitchen experience with the Dial House in Reepham. Runners up receive £50 and £25. Prizes are being donated by Norse Catering who are sponsoring all the educational aspects of the Festival.

The twelve finalists produced their meals under the watchful eye of judges on May 11. The judges were Norse Development Chef, Gary Dyos, Charlie Hodson of Charlie’s Norfolk Food Heroes.

Here are the winners and their recipes

Oliver Marston: Tom Yam Kung – Spicy king prawn broth with fresh Thai herbs – followed by Issan Combo – grilled sweet beef, crispy chicken leg stuffed with ground pork, Cromer crab and ginger, Sweet and Sour carrot salad and Steamed Sticky Rice.

Kellie Smith: Fresh Salmon with Quinoa and Seasonal Summer Salad, followed by Summer Strawberry Cheesecake with a hint of Lemon.

Florence Mason: Vegetable paella, patatas bravos y aioli and Spanish salad followed by Chocolate Mousse with a Salted Caramel sauce

The judges were impressed with the ideas, skills and presentation. Shirley Peet, Marketing & Brand Manager for Norse Catering said “As long-term supporters of Norfolk Food and Drink, Norse Catering loves to get involved in events that celebrate local food and creative cooking so being a judge for ‘Junior Masterchef’ at Reepham High School was a fantastic experience! We were genuinely blown away by the talent demonstrated by the students taking part. We know that an interest in food and cooking can integrate in to the lives of young people and develop in to a life-long passion for fresh, innovative plates of food.”