Luke Berry has been crowned Stockport Grammar School Masterchef 2011 after his menu of stilton stuffed pear with a balsamic reduction followed by Patagonian beef with dauphinois potatoes thrilled judges from one of Cheshire’s top restaurants.
Luke, who was a runner-up in last year’s competition, took home a £75 restaurant voucher along with the middle school Masterchef trophy, while Harry Hunt was named the lower school winner for his Thai baked salmon and coconut rice followed by chocolate and raspberry brownies.
Having already progressed through two earlier rounds, our 10 finalists were given just 60 minutes to cook their choice of a two course meal for the judges – chefs Martin and Danny from Alderley Edge’s Grill on the Edge. After 20 minutes of tasting and deliberation, Luke and Harry were picked as the winners on taste, presentation, skill and preparation.
Mrs Ruth Groves, head of Food Technology, said:
The standard of the competition just gets higher and higher every year and the chefs from Grill on the Edge were blown away by the confidence and skill the pupils displayed.
We’re so proud of our pupils and they would all like to thank the chefs for coming along to judge the competition and offering them invaluable advice while they were cooking.