Young cooks compete in regional finals

City College,  Southern CoOperative, Fit2Cook, Create and Cook Competition,  2016
City College, Southern CoOperative, Fit2Cook, Create and Cook Competition, 2016

Two young cooks from Worthing took part in the Regional Final of the 2016 Create & Cook Competition at Newlyns Cookery School in Hampshire.

Akram Bouabane and Kyle Simons from Oak Grove College in Worthing were runners up in the Sussex heat in May, winning them place at the Regional Final of the Competition. Here, they designed and cooked two locally inspired dishes – a home smoked chicken salad with home grown salad leaves and cheesy croutons and a Sussex mackerel dish with rhubarb butter, new potatoes and asparagus.

They competed for the fit2cook trophy against schools from Brighton, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight on Tuesday, June 21.

The Create & Cook Competition, which is run by fit2cook food education and sponsored by The Southern Co-operative, aims to nurture young talent and celebrate local food. The brief is to design and cook a two course menu using as many local ingredients as possible.

Min Raisman from fit2cook food education said: “Akram and Kyle are very instinctive cooks. They get involved in a lot of food work at school, in the kitchen and the garden, and it shows with the confidence they have in the kitchen. Their food was beautifully cooked with real flavour. The judges were impressed with their skills especially Akram’s filleting of the mackerel.”

Judge Kate Hibbert, local sourcing manager from The Southern Co-operative who sponsors the competition, said about Kyle’s salad: “It was absolutely delicious, my kind of salad, the Sussex chicken which Kyle smoked himself was really moist and the home grown leaves had real flavour. Plus the dressing with Sussex Gold rapeseed oil and local Worthing honey was superb.”

Akram and Kyle really enjoyed taking part but were piped at the post for the trophy by two boys from Bay House School in Gosport. e Worthing boys did however come home with their own recipe trophies, plus their competition aprons. To see their recipes visit www.fit2cook.co.uk/recipes.

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