On Friday the 5th of June, Ysgol Bro Pedr’s ‘School Report’ club held a Junior Masterchef cooking competition in the School. A number of pupils take part in our BBC School Report, and many of them also took part in the competition.
School report has been set up by the BBC, to help children develop their interviewing, public speaking, and reporting skills. I feel that it also helps my peers and I to develop our self-confidence and after taking part in this for nearly a year I feel that we all have a greater respect for professional reporters.
We decided to hold a cooking competition this time as our technology team wanted to practice their filming and editing skills.
Our first round was held on Friday May 22nd and ten teams took part. We were given the theme “A British Picnic” and were judged on taste, presentation, hygiene and creativity. The judge for this round was Mrs. Anne Pugh, a former food technology teacher in the school. We wish to thank her for helping us. Five teams made it to the next round; Hanna, Sophie, Aishvarya & Phoebe, Emily, Rika & Maddie and finally Eleri & Lucy. The winners were given the entire half term week to perfect their dishes before the final.
For the final round we were given a fairly lucrative theme of ‘Traditional’ which was interpreted in many different ways. One group decided on ‘The Best of British’, another chose ‘Italian’. ‘Welsh’ was also an option. One person decided on making a traditional family meal and another chose ‘Traditional Bonfire’ food. Similarly to the semi-finals, in the last round, we each had a total of two hours to cook with an optional 15 minute break. We were also given 30 minutes of preparation time before the competition.
There were many appetizing dishes prepared during the competition, including a traditional Scottish fish dish and mulled apple juice. Time was tight but we managed to complete our tasks. Everyone managed to serve their dishes on time and according to the judges they were all of very high standard. I think it’s safe to say they were impressed.
Our judges for the final round were Mr Simon Wright, the owner of ‘Wrights Food Emporium’ in Llanarthne and restaurant critic. Mrs Lisa Fern, an S4C chef and the owner of ‘The Pumpkin Patch Cooking School’ in Carmarthen and Mrs Nerys Howell, an S4C chef and the owner of ‘Howell Food Consultancy’ in Cardiff.
We, as members of the School Report Club are also very thankful to Mr Davies for his hard work organizing such an amazing competition. Not only did he manage to get two prizes from the judges of MasterChef, which consisted of a signed apron and recipe book, but he also managed to get cooking equipment for the second and third prize winners from Lakeland.
At the end of the competition, Hanna was awarded first prize for her amazing take on a traditional British Bonfire Night, Lucy and I were awarded second place and Sophie was third.
The runners up were given a signed copy of Mr Simon Wright’s book and fourth place were awarded a trip to Mrs Lisa Fern’s Cooking School, ‘The Pumpkin Patch’ in Carmarthen.
This was an amazing experience and I would like to thank everyone involved in making this an unforgettable day. Everyone worked very hard throughout the day and I would also like to thank the other school report group members for filming and taking pictures, the judges for their tireless work and to Richard for being our cameraman. I hope we can make this a tradition by holding another competition next year!
Eleri, year 8