Creative youngsters cook up a treat at Gunwharf Quays cheffing challenge

SMILES Katie Sexton congratulates winners Dominic Casemore and Harry Redding, both 15. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (122233-1)

SMILES Katie Sexton congratulates winners Dominic Casemore and Harry Redding, both 15. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122233-1)

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COOKING a meal fit for an Olympian is a tough task.

But these teenagers were up for the challenge as they took part in a live cook-off at Gunwharf Quays.

RUNNERS-UP Holly Pearson, Josh Henry and Emily Alexander. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (122233-2)

RUNNERS-UP Holly Pearson, Josh Henry and Emily Alexander. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122233-2)

Schools from across the area competed in the Celebrity Chef Challenge.

And yesterday there were just two teams left.

They had to cook a two-course nutritious meal fit for an athlete, to tie in with this year’s London games. After 50 minutes of cooking, Dominic Casemore and Harry Redding from Springfield School in Portsmouth were announced as the winners.

They cooked chicken wrapped in pancetta with asparagus, creamed potatoes and cous cous, and chocolate fondant for dessert.

Dominic, 15, said: ‘I’m surprised. I didn’t think we would get this far.’

Harry, 15, added: ‘I thought we had nothing to lose and I like cooking. I’m amazed. It went well.’

Dan Gover, head chef at Jamie’s Italian in Gunwharf, and one of the judges, said: ‘I just love the idea of making the younger generation aware of the trade. The way they have sourced local produce is unbelievable. Working for Jamie Oliver we all know what his ethos is about. It’s important to understand nutrition and the importance of eating well.’

Emily Alexander, 14, was on a team of three from Brookfield School in Sarisbury Green. They cooked pan-fried cod with grilled sweet potato and banoffee pie for dessert.

She said: ‘It was quite a good experience to what I’m used to and it was good to have high-profile people judging our food and saying good things about it.’

World champion swimmer Katy Sexton presented the trophy. She said: ‘I was at the launch day and I just gave them a little talk and a few ideas of what kind of things we would eat as an athlete.’

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