PUPILS at Roecliffe primary school have battled it out to be named Young Masterchef.
The children went over the road from school to the Crown Inn to compete for the title judged by award winning chef and pub owner Karl Mainey along with cooking school assistant Janice Siswick.
The five winners – Clemmie Lumsden, Eve Van Wyk, Harvey Walker, Alex Trayer, Elsie Parker and Anna Capps – were then announced on Friday, April 8 at the school’s final assembly before the Easter holidays.
Mr Mainey runs a regular cookery club in the school hall for pupils between seven and ten years old, where they have learnt simple dishes.
“It has been a pleasure to watch the children learn and develop a love of food and cooking,” Mr Mainey said.
“Even if things have got pretty messy at times.
“The children have loved it. They are absolutely mesmerised, and the more they cook the more they get into it.”
Twenty-six young chefs competed in the Masterchef contest, which started as they learnt dishes in the cookery club.
But during a Masterchef week, the competition hotted up with only six children going to the Crown each day after school.
For the final part of the competition each pupil cooked for two hours to produce a three course meal for their parents.
Head teacher Eve Morris said “It has been amazing seeing the school hall transformed into a hive of delicious activity every Monday evening. The children were totally engaged and enthusiastic about their new-found culinary skills – not to mention the delighted parents who got to sample the food.”