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Dringhouses School teachers win Festival of Food & Drink chef competition
HEAD teachers from across York embraced their inner chef to take part in a cookery contest as part of the city’s Festival of Food & Drink.
Seven head teachers and one deputy head from a mixture of primary and secondary schools donned pinnies, rolled up their sleeves and got cooking against the clock, on a tight 45-minute deadline. Their challenge was to prepare a two-course healthy family meal with locally-sourced produce on a budget of £5.
They battled it out in two heats of four with a winner announced from each heat and then an overall winner at the end.
The line-up featured Eve Morris, the head at Yearsley Grove, Canon Lee head Chrissie Holbrey, Huntington Secondary head John Tomsett and Dringhouses head Gill Williams, with a second heat of Jonathan Green, head at Archbishop Juniors, Dave Brown, the Clifton Green head, Bev Wright, the deputy at Clifton with Rawcliffe and Debbie Cousans, Lakeside’s head. Each was ably assisted by another teacher from their school.
The first heat winner was Gill Williams, of Dringhouses, with a menu of spicy fish stew and fruit crumble with homemade custard, while Jonathan Green, from Archbishop’s, won the second heat, despite a mad dash to a well-known local store to pick up ingredients for his lemon posset dessert, after a sudden realisation that the competition featured two courses.
After much deliberation judges – including Press education reporter Haydn Lewis, Meltons Too chef Dave Asbury and Huntington School careers adviser Betsy Mower – awarded the overall winner to Dringhouses for their delicious and wholsesome family fare.
Mrs Williams said: “It came as a complete surprise. I enjoy cooking, I have brought up a family and enjoy cooking for them and for friends and we made a big effort to ensure that everything in the menu was from Yorkshire.”
She pointed out that the win was the second of the week for the school at the festival after Year 4 pupil Olivia Brown and her dad, Jonathan, wowed the judges last Sunday with their sausage and mash with a twist and were declared the winners of a generation cooking game.
The food festival comes to a close tomorrow.
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