2017 Create & Cook Competition champions are from Isle of Wight

Added on 28 June 2017
Emily and Ellie with 2016 Masterchef winner and judge Jane Devonshire

Press release - Wednesday 28th June 2017

Young cooks praised by Masterchef champion as they take fit2cook trophy back to Isle of Wight

Ellie Brackenbury and Emily Saneha from Sandown Bay Academy have won the 2017 Create & Cook Competition taking the fit2ook trophy back to the Isle of Wight.  The 14yr old duo fought off stiff opposition from their Sussex and Hampshire rivals at the regional cookery competition final held at Newlyns Cookery School near Hook in Hampshire on 27 June. The Create & Cook Competition which is run by fit2cook food education celebrates local food and nurtures young talent.

Winners Ellie and Emily were praised by 2016 Masterchef winner and judge Jane Devonshire for their culinary skill, their attention to detail and their understanding of the provenance of their ingredients.  The girls winning dishes were homemade tagliatelle with chicken, bacon and white wine sauce and Island rocket salad followed by raspberry and lemon mille feuille with raspberry coulis.  “The girls homemade puff pastry was as good as any top restaurant and their mille feuille dish was beautifully presented “enthused judge Jane Devonshire “they went the extra mile to add little details like Gallybagger cheese crisps with their pasta dish, popping corn and chocolate spoons with their dessert. I was really impressed!” See the winning recipes.

Praise indeed from former Masterchef winner.  Min Raisman from fit2cook food education who runs the competition added “Ellie and Emily used so many Island ingredients adding real flavour and character to their dishes – Calbourne Mill Flour, Brownrigg Farm eggs, chicken, bacon, Isle of Wight garlic, Oil of Wight, tomatoes, rocket and of course their home grown berries. The Isle of Wight has won this competition several times now and the quality of Island ingredients is a key to success.”

Wightlink chief executive Keith Greenfield, who supported the girls to get to the mainland final added “We are delighted that Emily and Ellie have done so well – they are a credit to themselves and their school. The fact that their winning dishes were prepared with locally sourced ingredients means this is tremendous news all round for the Isle of Wight.”

The runners up in the competition were Millie Williams and Maisy Forsyth from The Angmering School, Sussex who cooked Littlehampton black bream with ratatouille, sweet potato rosti and Sussex samphire followed by berry filled parcels with raspberry coulis and chocolate; Leila Karim and Jasmine Westlake from Bishop Luffa School, Sussex who cooked Selsey crab and chilli ravioli with salsa verde and tomato salad followed by home grown roasted figs in a sweet balsamic sauce and honeycomb; Liam Higgins and Charlie Adams from Bitterne Park School, Hampshire who cooked pigeon and watercress pearl barley risotto finished and baked Hampshire trout en papillote with asparagus, new potatoes and a hollandaise  sauce. Judging the young cooks were Jane Devonshire, 2016 winner of Masterchef, Dan Dobbs from Newlyns Cookery School and founders of the Create & Cook Competition Min Raisman from fit2cook food education, Andy MacKenzie from Exclusive Chefs Academy and home economist Davina Tibbetts.

Emily and Ellie won a goody bag of cookbook and local produce to take home and will have their recipes professionally styled and photographed to be published on websites and in magazines.

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