22nd October 2019 — The 23-year-old chef, who has cooked for the likes of Gregg Wallace, John Torode, and top food critic Jay Rayner, spoke to the pupils in a Q&A style interview about her time on the hit BBC show. She gave a fascinating insight into the world of professional cooking, sharing top tips for budding chefs and advising pupils on how to cope with pressures both inside and outside the kitchen.
She also spoke to the pupils about healthy eating, which is something that we actively encourage here at King’s Hall. As someone who suffers from coeliac disease, she stressed how important it is that we know exactly where our food comes from and what is in it.
Following the talk, Hope was on hand to assist our panel of experts – Headmaster, Mr Chippendale, Catering Manager, Mrs Colbourne, and soon-to-be Head of Cookery, Mrs Cole – in the judging of our inaugural ‘Master-Pizza’ competition.
Over the course of the morning, sixteen pupils, a junior and senior pair from each house, took part in the ultimate cooking contest. With their chef hats donned and their utensils in hand, the children got to work on their yummy creations. They began by proving and shaping their dough, before using a range of colourful ingredients to personalise their pizzas. Toppings ranged from traditional cheese and tomato, to an epic all-day breakfast (we’re talking sausage, eggs and beans!).
After some tough deliberation (and plenty of sampling), it was Bradfield who were crowned victorious, with Robyn and Monique scooping 1st place in the senior category, and Sylvie and Quincy in the junior. Hope was particularly impressed with Robyn and Monique’s teamwork and presentation skills, whilst Sylvie and Quincy wowed with their Lion King-inspired pizza.
Commenting on the day, Mrs Cole said: “It was lovely to have Hope join us for this long awaited opening. As a former pupil of mine, I just knew that she would be the perfect role model for our children, helping to ignite in them a love of cooking.”
She added: “We are now happy to say that the cookery school is officially open for business, and following the half term break, pupils will be able to take cookery as part of the DT curriculum.”