Published: 00:00, 28 November 2014
| Updated: 15:06, 28 November 2014
Four talented young chefs have been crowned the winners of the county’s official school cookery contest KM Kent Cooks.
Abbie Fitz-Gerald, 13, from New Line Academy in Maidstone triumphed over 12 other finalists in an exciting Masterchef-style cook-off at East Kent College to be named overall Kent Cooks champion.
She made a Whitstable wharf pie with lemon mash and glazed julienne carrots, followed by Abbie’s Chocolate Dream with candied orange swirls.
The secondary school category was won by Abbie Matthews, 15, from Spires Academy in Canterbury. Her two-course entry was spicy meatballs with braised rice followed by clementine and vanilla jelly with a clementine compote.
Evie Goodearl, seven, from Culverstone Green Primary School in Meopham, won the primary school category with her strawberry and basil cheesecake.
The family category winner was Daniel Beesley, eight, from Woodlands Junior School in Tonbridge who made seasonal stuffed roasted aubergines and a caramel cheesecake.
Thirteen finalists were selected from a record breaking 167 competition entries, where youngsters submitted photographs of their signature dish along with details of cooking method to the Kent Cooks website.
The competition was staged by the KM Charity Team with the support of Countrystyle Recycling, Mini Babybel, Three R’s Teacher Recruitment, DFDS Seaways, Southern Water, Kent Cookery School, Golding Homes, Orbit South, Brakes, Carefree Communications, VooServers and Licensing Consultancy Services.
Simon Dolby of the KM Charity Team said: “The judges were impressed by the children’s creativity, skill and awareness of healthy eating and locally sourced ingredients.”
He added: “I’m so grateful to all of our partners for their involvement in Kent Cooks and I’d also like to thank Katherine Garratt for her tireless contact and support in making the event such a success.”
The winners received a share of £500 along with a certificate, Masterchef cook book and goody bag.
Find out more about the KM Charity Team's work including Kent Cooks, walk to school projects, Buster's Book Club and more, at www.kmcharityteam.co.uk.
The KM Kent Cooks Finalists for 2014
Family category finalists
Primary School category finalists
Secondary School category finalists