Fit 2 Cook Winners 2015

Isle of Wight retains fit2cooktrophy as young cooks become 2015 champions!


Tessa Crosbie and Jessica Case,pupils at Christ the King College in Cowes, have won the 2015 Create & CookCompetition, retaining the award on the Isle of Wight for the second yearrunning.


The 14 year old duo fought offstiff opposition from their Hampshire and Sussex rivals at the cookerycompetition final, held at Newlyns Cookery School near Hook in Hampshire (25June). The Create & Cook Competition, which is run by fit2cook foodeducation and sponsored by The Southern Co-operative, celebrates local food andnurtures young talent.   Winners Tessa and Jessica were praised bythe judges for their technically challenging menu and their comprehensive useof local produce. The girls win £1000 for their food technology department andthe fit2cook trophy, retaining it on the Island after last year’s competitionwas won by Joe Doncaster and Alice Hyde from Sandown Bay Academy.


Tessa and Jessica’s winning menucomprised a confit of Isle of Wight sea bass with a potato and Isle of Wightcrab tower, served with local vegetables and followed by a strawberry chocolatesurprise cake using home grown strawberries and Isle of Wight cream and flour.Ben Cooke, chef and owner of The Little Gloster, Gunard on the Isle of Wightand one of competition’s judges, said: “I am really proud of the Isle of Wighttoday; the girls cooked to a very high standard and created some excitinglocally inspired dishes.  I think this Competition is fantastic because itencourages young people to think about where their food comes from.” Fellowjudge and Local Sourcing Manager at The Southern Co-operative, Kate Hibbert,added: “It’s so encouraging to see young cooks engage with local food. All thefinalists were so confident in the kitchen, showing really good teamwork andorganisation; it’s brilliant!”


Very excited to have won, Tessaand Jessica said: “We didn’t expect to win but we are so, so pleased and willbe dancing at home tonight to celebrate!

We’ve learnt so much about Islandproduce through the Competition and hadn’t realised before how much great foodis grown on our doorstep.” Their opponents included Sussex winners JasmineCheeseman and Charlotte Cole, from The Angmering School in Littlehampton, Hampshirewinners Zoe Parsons and Laura Pauley from Horndean Technology College andHampshire runners’ up Ross Reynaldo and Daniel Maley from The Costello Schoolin Basingstoke. All the contestants were awarded a recipe trophy with theirrecipes professional styled and photographed for doing so well in theCompetition.


Mark Persad, Head of Marketing atWightlink, which supported the competition on the Isle of Wight with theprovision of ferry travel, said:

"Huge congratulations toboth Jess and Tess for winning the competition.

Wightlink is very proud to beassociated with the fit2cook challenge as it celebrates local produce and thetalents of our young people, both areas that our own company champions.” The2015 Create & Cook Competition was also supported by Hampshire Fare,Hampshire Farmers’ Markets, Exclusive Chefs Academy, etch food, The LittleGloster, Chichester College, and Basingstoke College of Technology and NewlynsCookery School.


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