Spicy Competition in House Cook Off

Staff and students joined forces in the pursuit of much needed house points last week, putting their culinary skills to the test in this year’s hotly anticipated House Cook Off.

With each house entering two teams of two, whose delicious creations were to be scored by Dame Sally and combined for the final count, Ms Ford’s room was abuzz with competitive spirit.

A budget of £5 per pair and just 30 minutes to prepare their dishes meant pressure was sure to play its part. After a frantic flurry of baking, steaming, frying, sautéing and delicate, if occasionally heavy-handed, plating up, dinner was served.

Exploring a variety of styles and cultures, the final dishes showcased a passion for food and attention to detail clearly shared by both staff and students.

Yassmine Al-Amire and Ms Raveneau, of Colossians, produced a tasty plate of curried prawns, coconut milk and red peppers; the Ephesians team of Mr Goorah and Mathew Wilby followed suit with a fragrant Thai green curry; while Alice Simpson and Mr Dawson’s carbonara went down a treat for Galatians.

But it was the Philippians combination of Lia Stephenson, Ms Clarke, Ms Ghoris and Mahir Rahman who managed to pack the winning punch. With two beautifully presented dishes of lime chicken, with sweet potato mash, and chickpea and chorizo stew, maximum points were well-deserved.

Well done to all who took part on a closely fought and very enjoyable competition. Thanks also to those who came to support your houses, the atmosphere was fantastic.