STUDENTS from across the region cooked up a feast for the eyes - and stomach - in a school cooking competition.
English Martyrs School in Hartlepool held a Masterchef event when talented young cooks took on fellow pupils from 10 North-East Catholic Schools in a cook off.
Working in teams of two, the GCSE year students were challenged to serve up a two course meal along the theme of traditional school dinners but giving them a modern twist.
Kieran Hunt and Olivia Snaith-Cairns from St Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School were crowned the winners for their burger with home made bread and relish.
They were presented with certificates and a Jamie Oliver cook book to inspire them in the kitchen.
Hosts English Martyrs came second with their take on mince and goat’s cheese dumplings and ice cream and a chocolate tart.
Debbie Moller, English Martyrs’ head of technology, said: “Judging was very hard this year because the standard was so high.
“The kids absolutely loved it. They were so professional throughout the day.
“A lot of effort goes into preparing the students but it is worth it when you see what they create.”
English Martyrs has hosted the competition for the last five years and had previously won each one.
Judging this year was done by Hartlepool chef Daniel Raudin of the York Hotel who also gave tips and advice to the students during the day.
He was joined by Sara Crawshaw, head of education in the Catholic Schools Partnership for the Newcastle and Hexham diocese.