Saturday, 19 June 2021

Mermaid sandwich is tops at children’s chef competition

EDIBLE rockets, owls and robots were among the creations at a schools’

EDIBLE rockets, owls and robots were among the creations at a schools’

-style competition,

writes Samuel Hunt

More than 20 pupils from six local primaries took part in the event at Stoke Row village hall.

Each team was given 35 minutes to make a sandwich using ingredients including cucumbers, carrots and raisins.

Their efforts were then judged by a panel comprising chef and

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columnist Paul Clerehugh, who runs the Crooked Billet restaurant in the village, Vanessa Guiver, from South Stoke, who was a

finalist in 2000, and local mother Sarah Joyce.

The entries were judged on appearance, creativity and taste as well as how well the teams worked together.

The winners were Whitchurch Primary School with their mermaid design, which included red hair made out of shaved carrots and chopped up cucumbers as scales.

They were presented with a trophy and Crooked Billet aprons while every child received a certificate for taking part.

Mr Clerehugh said: “We were impressed with all the planning and homework the children did before they came and all the entries were fantastic.” Stoke Row School headteacher Charlotte Harris came up with the idea after seeing a similar event during a visit to India last year.

Lou Chater, chairwoman of the Friends of Stoke Row School, said: “The children loved it.

“They all turned up with their chef hats and chose team names. If you ask an adult to make a sandwich they will do just that but children create all sorts. For them there are no limits.”

The other schools that took part were Stoke Row, South Stoke, Goring, Woodcote and Checkendon.

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