MASTERCHEF came to Midhurst when young hopefuls took part in the opening round of this year’s annual Rotary Young Competition.
The first round of the culinary contest was staged at Midhurst Rother College where three boys and six girls aged 11 and 12 across Years 7 and 8 took on the challenge.
The young students had to decide on a healthy menu and prepare the meal serving two courses.
And to add to the pressure, the judges watched them closely throughout the two hours allotted for the preparation of their plates.
They commented on the students’ enthusiasm and the high standard of all the meals presented to them.
Third place went to Claudia Carless for her salmon burgers served with rice and mixed vegetables and a cheesecake with a strawberry compote.
In second place was Grace Shepherd who cooked marinated chicken curry with naan bread and poached pears with a rich chocolate sauce.
The winner was Biba Cunningham with a falafel burger in her own cooked bun with side salad and a berry sorbet.
Rotary president Nigel Goodenough presented a certificate of achievement to all the students and Lakeland vouchers to the first three prize winners.
Biba now goes on to the district semi-final which will be held on January 16 in Chichester.
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