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A budding young chef has been chosen to represent a West Norfolk high school at a cooking tournament.

Students at Marshland High, West Walton, battled it out in the kitchen to be selected for the regional stage of the Rotary Club’s Young Chef competition.

The winner of the last round of the competition at the school, which involved four finalists, was 14-year-old Bayden Stacey-Simpson, who is in Year 10.

Bayden Stacey Simpson has been chosen to represent a West Norfolk high school at a cooking tournament (53757296)
Bayden Stacey Simpson has been chosen to represent a West Norfolk high school at a cooking tournament (53757296)

He will now go through to a regional cook-off to compete against students from other schools in the hope of securing a coveted place at the final.

The Rotary Club’s Young Chef competition was launched at Marshland High, which is part of West Norfolk Academies Trust, by chief organiser John Thorpe.

The selection process involved each student coming up with their own two-course menu, sticking to a budget of £5.

Bayden Stacey Simpson has been chosen to represent a West Norfolk high school at a cooking tournament (53757299)
Bayden Stacey Simpson has been chosen to represent a West Norfolk high school at a cooking tournament (53757299)

The dishes included spaghetti bolognese, steak and chips, fried chicken, salmon, burgers and brownies.

A lesson on meringues ahead of the second round of the competition was also put into good practice with the creation of desserts such as pavlovas.

The students were marked on their culinary skills including organisation, execution and flair, with the winner selected after an extremely tight final round.

Bayden Stacey Simpson has been chosen to represent a West Norfolk high school at a cooking tournament (53757315)
Bayden Stacey Simpson has been chosen to represent a West Norfolk high school at a cooking tournament (53757315)

Stevie Goddard, head of food at Marshland High, said: "Competition can really give students purpose and brings real-life urgency to the kitchen environment.

"This competition, at the very beginning of a new year with a new teacher, and after months of disruption, devoid of the opportunity to practice, has provided the perfect challenge testing the students' creativity, speed, and intuition in the kitchen.

"I was delighted to see the fantastic range of dishes which the students created.

"Congratulations everyone who took part, and best wishes and good luck to Bayden in the next stage of the competition."



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