BUDDING chefs cooked up a treat as they battled to be crowned cream of the crop in a competition.
Pupils from English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College in Hartlepool battled to be crowned this year’s Catholic Partnership Masterchef.
They took on students from North Shields, Washington, Sunderland, Bishop Auckland, and Stockton were all tasked with the challenge of creating a multi-cultural two-course meal costing less than £10.
Organisers said the students sizzled with flair and imagination, demonstrating skills in bread making, pastry work and flavour balancing to create culinary courses worthy of Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.
Judge Daniel Raudin, chef and restaurateur from the York Hotel in Hartlepool, said “The competition this year has been of the highest standard, with young cooks demonstrating a real love of food and cooking.
“It has been a privilege to see such creativity and technical ability in the kitchen.”
The creative cooking of English Martyrs School, Hartlepool and St Robert of Newminster, Washington, triumphed in the contest to be named joint winners.
English Martyrs pupils presented a blend of Indian and English cuisine with rogan josh cottage pie, elephant coconut cake and white chocolate cardamom and fresh chilli ice-cream, while St Robert went for a mixture of Thai and French cuisine with their Thai Green Chicken Stir Fry followed by a Thai Style lime Roulade.
St Thomas More from North Shields were runners up with St Anthony’s from Sunderland came third.
The competition appears to have been a success in aspiring the students to express themselves through food.
Debra Moller, head of technology at English Martyrs and organiser of the Catholic Partnership’s Masterchef competition, said: “We have run this competition for the last four years and the standard is always incredibly high.
“Everyone who entered should be really proud of themselves and have offered young chefs a really exciting challenge.
“Roll on next year.”