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Cooking should be fun, creative and the food needs to be colourful!” This was the strong message delivered by BBC Fusion Chef Aazam Ahmad yesterday when he met with Year 9 students to promote the Cook Off Competition.

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Never failing to demonstrate his passion for cooking after his whirlwind day visiting three other secondary schools who will also be participating in Chorley Food Festival, Aazam Ahmad wowed Southlands students with his experience of creating exotic combinations in his healthy dishes.

From the outset, Aazam Ahmad told students that the Cookery Competition would be fun and they should be relaxed about cooking their dishes. No pressure. This competition was about students having the opportunity to be on the live demonstration stage at Chorley Food Festival to promote their skills and enjoy creating marvellous dishes.

Chef Aazam Ahmad listened to the students express their aspirations to work in the food industry and there was a varied selection of career choices from Chocolatier, Catering Manager to owning their own Bakery. He provided them with invaluable advice on how they could progress their ambitions in this highly competitive industry.

The Cook Off Competition final will be on Saturday 10th May on the live demonstration stage in Chorley Town Centre and the dishes will be judged by two Chef’s and two local dignitaries. Entrants must cook a starter, main course or desert and post a photograph of the dish onto the Chorley Food Festival website. Aazam Ahmad will then judge the dishes and he will select one person from each of the local secondary school to be in the live final.

It is not every day the school has a visitor like Chef Aazam Ahmad! He is a high profile successful individual willing to give his time to work with students to develop their skills. The students were thrilled to meet him. There is a lot of excitement about taking part in the Cook Off competition.”

–Mark Fowle, Head teacher

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