Spectators at Chorley Food Festival watched as Southlands, Parklands and Holy Cross students competed to win the schools Cook Off Competition hosted by BBC fusion chef, Aazam Ahmad.

Southlands student and aspiring chef Chantel Calvert was crowned overall winner on the live demonstration stage in a hard-fought contest where the standard from each of the contestants was rated as ‘superb’.

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Chorley Food Festival Winner


Chantel won the culinary acclaim after her dish of lemon and herb chicken, stuffed mushroom and hot potato salad was judged the best by Chorley’s Mayor and Mayoress.

Watching from the side of the stage was Chantel’s Food Technology teacher Mrs Shaw who was delighted with the outcome –

“I am very proud of Chantel who is a consciousness student and always strives to produce attractive food with great flavour. Well done Chantel.”

The Mayor and Mayoress decided the other contestants were all in third place as they had done exceptionally well to cook brilliant food under the pressures of being on the live demonstration stage and only having 45 minutes to complete the challenge. One of the students was Southlands pupil, Tom Lord, who made a Lancashire Cheese and Apple Rose Tart which was so delicious the judges were keen to dive their forks in for seconds and third helpings!

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Southlands contestant


“Congratulations to Chantel and well done to all involved in the cooking contest. It was very enjoyable to watch and everyone did tremendously well. Southlands are looking forward to entering the Food Festival next year which will hopefully become an annual community event”

Mark Fowle, Head Teacher

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Southlands contestants with BBC fusion chef Aazam Ahmad


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