Nerves lead to success in Saint Aidan's Young Chef competition

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Alysia Hall, Year 7, Saint Aidan’s High School

I recently took part in a cooking competition in school, called the Young Chef Competition. This is a competition in which many different schools take part and I was so nervous!
I decided to sign up because I love cooking and I wasn’t so nervous at first. My friend also signed up with me, so I felt slightly more confident.
On the day of the competition, I knew I had to create amazing fishcakes and I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, While we were preparing and cooking, a few judges wandered around and observed what we were doing – that was nerve-wracking. One judge looked like he was really suspicious, but maybe that was just my imagination! There were four other female competitors, but I was the only Year 7.
As I got into the swing of things, I started to feel more and more confident. The headteacher came in and tried all of the food and that was frightening! I was a bit worried about my sauce, as it was much greener than when I had tried it at home.
I was sure that I hadn’t made it through to the next round, because my meal was quite simple, but when the judge said “the winners are… Alysia and Lucy,” I was in shock! I’ve now made it to the second round.

Saint Aidan's High School Young Chef Competition

Saint Aidan's High School Young Chef Competition

Saint Aidan's High School Young Chef Competition

Saint Aidan's High School Young Chef Competition

Saint Aidan's High School Young Chef Competition

Saint Aidan's High School Young Chef Competition

Saint Aidan's High School Young Chef Competition

Saint Aidan's High School Young Chef Competition

Saint Aidan's High School Young Chef Competition

Saint Aidan's High School Young Chef Competition