Junior Master Chef challenge serves up a treat

Junior Master Chef challenge serves up a treat

Two classes of Year 9 Food Technology students have been preparing, cooking and presenting all manner of treats for the judges in this semester’s Junior Master Chef challenges.

Selecting sweet or savoury recipes with a maximum of 12 ingredients, the students formed small groups to prepare and cook their dish over two lessons, plating them up for a judging panel of three staff members in the hope of winning an apron and title of Junior Master Chef.

With only one savoury dish in each class, it was a gluttony of desserts for the judges, who were impressed with the standard of presentation and the taste variety served up as a culmination of techniques and cooking methods learned this semester.

In Mrs Codalonga’s class, a delicious Paella was surrounded by a variety of chocolate dishes, but the winner was the Baked Cheesecake with a “great tasting” Raspberry Sorbet created by Holly Goldstone, Poppy O’Brien and Samantha Johnson. Lachlan Wood, Taj Coleman and Lachlan Nutarelli-Hall also impressed the judges with their well-presented Ice Cream Sandwich, earning Runner Up and praise for its “rich chocolate flavour”.

The judges for Mrs Mullany’s class enjoyed the “nice blend of flavours” in Mia Leeson and Meg Lucas’ Triple-Choc Cheesecake, awarding them a Runner-Up commendation. The M&M marble cake by Ellie Drown, Kiara Durell and Kaitlyn Tucker was also “exciting”, but the winning dish was a Lemon Delicious and Semifreddo from Siena Foley and Latia Bennet, with flavours that had the judges in raptures.

The teachers said all students approached the challenge with enthusiasm, and the smiles on their faces as they presented their dish was “priceless”. “The encouragement and congratulations expressed to others students on the success of their dishes was a credit to the group”.