Sunderland pupils cook up winning dishes

St Anthony's Catholic Girls' Academy pupils Bethany Henderson (left) and Abigail Forrest working on their meals.
St Anthony's Catholic Girls' Academy pupils Bethany Henderson (left) and Abigail Forrest working on their meals.
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A pair of young city chefs cooked up a storm when they battled it out in a cookery competition.

The young chefs from St Anthony’s Catholic Girls’ Academy showed off their culinary skills in an inter-schools competition that takes inspiration from a popular TV show.

Hartlepool’s English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College hosted the Masterchef contest when students from five North East catholic schools served up a series of mouth-watering dishes against the clock.

The teams, made up of two Year 10 pupils from each school, had two hours to make a two-course meal to try to win over the judges.

And, it was the girls from the Sunderland school, Bethany Henderson and Abigail Forrest, who took first place.

Karen Hearn, food technology teacher at St Anthony’s said she was very proud of the girls’ performance.

She said: “Abbie and Bethany beat off strong competition to win first place in this year’s Catholic Partnership Masterchef Competition.”

The teacher at the Thornhill Terrace school said the guest judge from the Treehouse at Alnwick Gardens praised the pair for their dishes.

To take the top title Abbie and Bethany cooked an Autumnal chicken dish, as well as an afternoon tea inspired chocolate dessert.

She said: “Well done girls.”

A judging panel for the Masterchef event, included top chef Adam Robson, from Alnwick Garden, and Catholic Partnership director Tim Madeley.

Nicola Hutchinson, English Martyrs head of food and textiles, said: “Through the competition the students develop their skills by working together and with staff.

“It provides an opportunity to work with them outside the classroom and it builds up a good relationship.

“The dishes they make are quite skilled, so it also improves their performance in the classroom. They also built up good relations with schools from across the partnership by meeting and talking to them.

“And it is also really good fun.”

All the chefs were up against students from other schools which are part of the Hexham and Newcastle Catholic Partnership.

As well as St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy and English Martyrs School, there were also teams from St Thomas More RC Academy in North Shields, St Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Hebburn and Carmel College in Darlington.

St Anthony’s was named the winner, Carmel College second and English Martyrs received a special commendation for teamwork.