Top Cheshire chefs name Emma as Masterchef 2012

Emma Winder's winning Masterchef menu

12-year-old Emma Winder is our 2012 Stockport Grammar School Masterchef champion after her Thai green curry with sticky coconut rice followed by chocolate torte wowed judges from one of Cheshire’s top restaurants.

In a close final, chefs Ben and Adam from Alderley Edge’s Grill on the Edge spent almost an hour deliberating over which of our eight finalists’ two course menus was the best.

Chefs helping pupil during Masterchef finalThe chefs judged the dishes on taste, presentation, skill and preparation, with Emma’s meal just beating second-placed Natasha Hurst’s coriander chicken skewers with mango salsa and spiced ricotta followed by champagne truffles, and Ellie Goldstein’s line-caught cod with lentils and tomato caviar main and île flottante dessert.

Having progressed through the competition’s earlier rounds, our finalists had just 60 minutes to cook their choice of menu, with the chefs from the Grill on the Edge keeping a close eye on our pupils’ preparation skills – as well as stopping to chat about the dishes and to offer advice.

Around a table of stunning food, exhausted pupils, their helpers and proud parents, Emma was announced as the winner of the Masterchef trophy, as well as a £75 voucher for the restaurant, where her winning dish will be featured on the specials board on the day she claims her prize.

Head of Food Technology Mrs Ruth Groves was full of praise for the chefs and our pupils:

We’d all like to thank the chefs from the Grill on the Edge for coming along to judge the final. Our pupils learned a lot from their advice and feedback, and the chefs commented that all of the dishes were of restaurant standard and said that some of the children were even using techniques that they themselves hadn’t used before!

The fact that they took 50 minutes to enjoy all the food and pick a winner just goes to show how close this year’s competition was, and all of our finalists did our school very proud.


The recipes from Emma’s winning menu are available to download below.

Thai green curry with sticky coconut rice

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Chocolate torte

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