Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Church and Oswaldtwistle acted as judges at Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School in deciding who would go forward to the final of the Masterchef competition.

Initially 60 students at the School entered the Masterchef competition which involved 3 rounds and a quarter final where young boys and girls from year 7-8 and 9 had to prepare a variety of different dishes including international, Indian and deserts. There was also a mystery box round. This resulted in students being eliminated at each stage until only 4 young people were left to contest the semi-final.

The task for the semi-final was for each competitor to cook a set meal; this was first demonstrated by Chris Neary, training chef from the Heart of the Ram Restaurant (Ramsbottom). The purpose of this was for the youngsters to have to follow a set task.

The names of the students taking part were Grace Haworth, year 11, Ryan Richardson, year 7, Morgan Herne, year 8, and Jack Barnes, year 9.

Sophie Greenhalgh, Catering and Hospitality Teacher from Rhyddings, and Sarah Bedwell, also from Rhyddings, have been the organisers of the competition, now in its third year, and are to be congratulated for the organisation and enthusiasm that this project has created.

Carmel Cunliffe Business Manager at the School commented that “ This has been an excellent competition, and has created a great deal of interest, and we are pleased the Rotary Club have been involved as they will in next week’s final”.

The 2 winning students Grace and Jack will fight it out in the final which will be held on Thursday 13th February at the North Lancs Training Facility in Accrington, where they will cook a two course meal of their choice, showing off their skills.

The photo shows President Doreen Lawton from the Rotary Club of Church and Oswaldtwistle, together with students and teachers.

M Jackson

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