Congratulations to Poppy Gardener and Tommy Kenton Price from Fernhill School, Farnborough in Hampshire for winning our Southern final this year. Poppy and Tommy impressed the judges with their use of local produce featuring Isle of Wight crab and Newlyns Farm pork as their main attractions. Adding spiced yogurt to their fritters and trimmed asparagus and broad beans along with a Bramley apple sauce, Tommy and Poppy gave their dishes an extra twist that helped them stand out from the crowd.

Poppy and Tommy told the Create & Cook judges they love being in the kitchen, preferring it to the classroom. They are able to concentrate when they cook and find it very relaxing. Poppy said working as a team was one of the best things about being involved in Create & Cook. Tommy was glad to indulge his love of vegetables in his cooking.

Runners up were Liam Jennings and Joe Penn, Brookfield Community School with a Hampshire smoked trout salad with a berry sauce and mini Beef Wellingtons with asparagus, carrots and potatoes. Other runners up were Ella and Diyoni, from Brighton Girls School who cooked a Brighton seabass with chilli, garlic and honey, a salad of radishes, cheese and lettuce along with a dessert of macaroons with local berries and mint.

Thank you to everyone who entered Create & Cook this year under difficult circumstances. We are so impressed with what 12-14 year olds can cook and how much they care about where their food comes from. Keep up the good work food teachers everywhere. We are really encouraged that part 2 of the National Food Strategy urges schools to take Food and Nutrition lessons as serious as those in Maths and English. We need to keep good food education in schools......

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