Talented chefs make an impression in Hampshire cooking final

Zoe Parsons, right, and Laura Pauley from Horndean Technology College
Zoe Parsons, right, and Laura Pauley from Horndean Technology College

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TWO young chefs from Horndean Technology College wowed the judges to win the final of the Create and Cook competition.

Zoe Parsons and Laura Pauley beat competition from six other cooks aged 12 to 14 in the final at Basingstoke College of Technology.

The target was to create 
and cook a two-course menu using as many Hampshire-sourced ingredients as possible.

Zoe and Laura cooked a winning dish of crab tortellini with lemongrass and ginger sauce.

This was followed by crème brulee with raspberry coulis and pistachio shortbread for dessert.

Adam Fargin, head chef at Aviator in Farnborough, said: ‘Zoe and Laura’s menu was technically challenging.

‘Their tortellini was skilfully made with local crab and the sauce was delicious.

‘Their culinary ambition is impressive for their age and I wish them luck at the regional final.’

The duo will now compete in the regional final on June 25 at Newlyns Cookery School in Hook, aiming to win £1,000 for their school food technology department and the coveted champions’ trophy.