Young cooks compete in regional finals

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

Monday, 4th July 2016, 3:18 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 1:12 am
City College, Southern CoOperative, Fit2Cook, Create and Cook Competition, 2016

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

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at

2) Like our Facebook page at

3) Follow us on Twitter @Worthing_Herald

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Worthing Herald - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.