Winner Beth is cooking up a storm

Beth Cook
Beth Cook
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TALENTED student Beth Cook lived up to her name by winning her school heat in a national cooking competition.

The year 11 pupil from St Leonards Academy stepped up to the plate to win through to the local final of the Futurechef 2012 competition.

A group of young cooks aged between 12 and 16-years-old entered the competition which is organised by the Springboard charity and aims to help young, unemployed and disadvantaged people improve their jobs.

It encourages them to explore food and cooking as a life skill and informs them about entry routes into the hospitality industry. During the heat, contestants had one hour to cook and serve a hot meal for two with a budget of just £4.

The judging categories were workmanship (20 marks), creativity and presentation (20 marks), composition taste and flavour (40 marks) and menu balance (20 marks).

The finalists were selected from a strong list of entrants from across the year groups.

Kai Wilson, Charity Hammond and Becca Daniel represented year seven, Ben Barraclough and Charlotte Douglas represented year eight and Beth Cook and Charlotte Rudd represented year 11.

Joint place runners up with 180 points were Charity Hammond and Charlotte Rudd.

But Beth wowed the judges with her dish based on local fish and fresh roasted vegetables presented in a butternut squash.

In the local final held Beth will have to prepare and cook a hot main course and hot or cold dessert for two within a budget of £6.

The winner of each local final goes on to participate in one of 12 regional finals with a chance to make the grand final on March 26 at Westminster Kingsway College in London.

Assistant principal, Gill Dearman, said: “The competition was close with a potential 200 points from the two judges there was only 15 points between the top and bottom scores.

“But Beth’s dish was amazing.”