Sheffield pupils cook up global cuisine

Silverdale School Masterchef Competition finals with guest judges 'Bake Off' contestant Howard Middleton and Executive Chef for True North Bew Co Andy Burns. Howard is pictured with Josie Fowler, 13.
Silverdale School Masterchef Competition finals with guest judges 'Bake Off' contestant Howard Middleton and Executive Chef for True North Bew Co Andy Burns. Howard is pictured with Josie Fowler, 13.
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Sheffield baking star Howard Middleton turned judge for the day as city pupils displayed their cooking skills for a close competition.

Silverdale School’s Masterchef competition is run every year by the design and technology department -

Students had limited time to prepare two dishes for the judges, who as well as former Great British Bake Off contestant Howard, included executive chef for True North Brew Co, Andy Burns, and a representative from Food Fusion on Ecclesall Road.

Pupils had to then present and describe the meals - based on cuisines from around the world - and why they had chose it.

The winners, judged on both presentation and taste, were Ikram Warsame in first place, Josie Fowler in second and Abbie Sinclair in third place. There was just one and a half points separating the three winners.

Howard said:“Talking to the students as they cooked, it was great to see the range of techniques and approaches they used. They had obviously put a lot of thought into the dishes.

“It’s great to see young people displaying such passion for cooking”.

Andy added:“What an amazing range of international cuisine, with food from Morocco, Somalia, Japan and the Mediterranean. “It’s been inspirational to see what they’ve created. I think many of them have drawn on dishes they’ve seen cooked at home - and they must thank their parents for their input.”

n Tennis fans can keep up with all the on-court action without being stuck at home - as Sheffield rooftop bar INC is showing games live.

The bar, part of shipping container development Krynkll in Kelham Island, has brought in a television to display matches, as well as food vendors, and is launching a new cocktail menu.

“We’ve sourced enough Pimms for all of Sheffield to have a drink, as well as the classic strawberries and cream”, said a spokesman.

At Brocco Kitchen next to Endcliffe Park, staff are offering a special Wimbledon cream tea for £12 per person, with deckchairs on the patio as well.

n While on the subject of sport, Champs Sports Bar on Ecclesall Road has been shortlisted as a national finalist in the Great British Pub Awards for the third year.

Licensee Danny Grayson is one of only six finalists in the Best Sports Bar categories and will go on to compete in the national awards in London in September. Danny said: “The team have worked extremely hard.