Portsmouth High School’s Food Technology facilities were officially opened today by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas.
In an exciting afternoon, Portsmouth High School and Waitrose in Southsea, ran a Ready, Steady, Cook! event in the new facilities.
Ten teams were formed with one girl each from Sixth Form and Year 7 in a closely fought competition. The girls had one hour to make and present three different types of canapés, fit for a Lord Mayor’s function.
Waitrose provided bags brimming with a variety of ingredients ranging from fresh prawns, mincemeat, strawberries and passion fruit to herbs and spices, pastry and Parma ham. Waitrose experts were on hand to guide and support the girls through the challenge.
Mrs Clare Matthews, Assistant Manager at Waitrose said:
‘It is an exciting venture for us to try something new and help out in our community and wonderful to see young minds working collaboratively across the different ages.’
Mrs Charlotte Thompson from Waitrose added:
‘We had preconceived ideas of what the girls might make with the ingredients, but the girls have exceeded our expectations and been so creative.’
Deputy Head Girl, Daisy Turnbull, 17, who teamed up with Alfreda Collier, 12, were the winning team for the ‘sweet canapés’ section. Daisy said:
‘We made chocolate mousse and strawberry tarts and we have had a lot of fun making them. It has been a busy afternoon!’
Florie Moran, 17, and Maddie Oliver, 11, made a winning entry in the ‘canapés on or in’ category.
‘Our feta cheese and chorizo on crisp toast won in this section,’ said Florie. ‘It was fun to work with Maddie and get to know the Year 7 girls.’
The Lord Mayor arrived with Chair of Governors, Mrs Anne McMeehan Roberts, who tasted the selection of canapés before the Lord Mayor officially opened the Food Technology facilities with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
‘These are fantastic facilities, he said. ‘All the girls did brilliantly, had high standards and, above all else, really enjoyed themselves. Some of these canapés would certainly be fit for one of our functions.’
Mrs Anne McMeehan Roberts added:
‘There was lots of originality in this selection of canapés. The girls have thought creatively, had fun and the canapés all tasted really good too.’
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