Over 200 schools entered the competition which was open to 10 – 15 year olds in all primary and secondary schools in the UK. This is marvellous news for Nicole Baldwin, Megan Harman- Bevan, Hector Teasdale and Georgia Maltas – the team of 11-year-old Roos cooks.
The Cook for the Queen competition is part of the 11th annual British Food Fortnight, which this year has been re-branded as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The Roos schoolchildren, along with those from 15 other schools, have been selected to go through to the next round where their menus will be judged by Royal Chef, Mark Flanagan at Buckingham Palace.
As part of their entry, the pupils collected all the ingredients for their menu themselves: they picked rhubarb, collected eggs from their school chickens, crab from a local fisherman and visited their local butcher. They enlisted the help of retired chef Alan Lavender MBE who used to be Head Chef at Chequers.
The children then held taster sessions for their families and teachers and held a proper cook off presenting their menu in canapés to gauge how it might look if it was chosen to be served to the Queen.
- Potted Tunstall Crab with a Wensleydale and Red Onion Pikelet
- Whitby Scallops with Black Pudding and Smoked Streaky Bacon
- Fillet of Pork Wellesley with a wild Mushroom Sausage Meat Stuffing
- Smoked Haddock Kedgeree in a Poppadum Basket
- East Riding Parkin with Pontefract Ice Cream
- Yorkshire Curd and Rhubarb Tart
The top four winning schools will be announced this week and will be invited to Buckingham Palace in June to see their recipes prepared by the Royal Chef and will help serve them at a special reception attended by The Queen and The Duchess of Cornwall.