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Southern Regional College recently hosted the local heats of Springboard’s Futurechef Competition at its Newry and Armagh Campuses where local school students were invited to ‘cook up a storm’ in the classroom.

School Representatives – Newry Campus L-R: Siobhan McGrath (St Louis Grammar School, Kilkeel), Liz Quinn (Southern Regional College), Lloyd Gillespie (Dromore High School), Sean McNally (Southern Regional College), Iestyn Brown (Newry High School Principal), Bernadette McCoy (Newry High School), Alice Quinn (Springboard UK), Michelle McCarthy (Southern Regional College).
School Representatives – Newry Campus L-R: Siobhan McGrath (St Louis Grammar School, Kilkeel), Liz Quinn (Southern Regional College), Lloyd Gillespie (Dromore High School), Sean McNally (Southern Regional College), Iestyn Brown (Newry High School Principal), Bernadette McCoy (Newry High School), Alice Quinn (Springboard UK), Michelle McCarthy (Southern Regional College).

Futurechef is a nationwide cooking competition which is open to 12-16 year old students throughout Great Britain and inspires them to cook through classroom activities, industry skills demonstrations and challenges and competitions.

The first heat of the competition was held at the students’ schools and the students had to cook a meal to a budget of up to £5.00.  The next round was the local heat, held at Southern Regional College, and the competitors had a budget of up to £7.00 for a main course and dessert.  They had one hour to produce and present their main course and 30 minutes to produce and present their dessert. 

Elle Wallace, from Rathfriland High School and Justin Hand, Futurechef Judge
Elle Wallace, from Rathfriland High School and Justin Hand, Futurechef Judge

Olivia Miskimmon, a student from Banbridge Academy, won the local heat at Southern Regional College’s Newry Campus and the runner up award was won by Elle Wallace, a student from Rathfriland High School.  This competition was judged by Mr. Justin Hand, chef at Warrenpoint Golf Club and a previous SRC culinary arts student.

Futurechef Competitors
The Futurechef Competitors

The two winners of the competition held in the SRC Armagh campus were Leah Shields from Markethill High School and Vicky Miller from the City of Armagh High School. This competition was judged by Mr Brendan McVeigh, SRC Culinary Arts lecturer.

Olivia Miskimmon, Futurechef winner from Banbridge Academy and Justin Hand, Futurechef Judge
Olivia Miskimmon, Futurechef winner from Banbridge Academy and Justin Hand, Futurechef Judge

The two local heat winners will now progress to the regional final which is due to be held at Belfast Met on 20th January 2020.  Their budget will be up to £10.00 and the winner from this final represents Northern Ireland in March at Westminster Kingsway College in London. 

More information about the Futurechef competition can be found here: FUTURECHEF.UK.NET

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