Gainsborough Queen Elizabeth's High School hosts Go Global Cookery event
A school which provided the national winners of a cookery contest hosted the West Lincolnshire regional final.
Nine teams of two from Gainsborough, Market Rasen, Lincoln, Branston and Cherry Willingham contested the competition with an international flavour.
The Go Global Cookery event was hosted by Gainsborough Queen Elizabeth's High School – after its 14-year-old pairing of Freya Black and James Denning went on to take the national title.
And it was Cherry Willingham Community School friends Stephanie Callingham and Georgie Carr, both 13, who won through to the next stage at Boston College next month.
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Each team had to choose a country to represent from a line-up of Caribbean, Indian, Portuguese, Irish and Welsh cuisine.
With only £10 per couple to spend on ingredients, they then had 90 minutes to prepare their two-course meals in a "Ready, Steady, Cook" style challenge.
And they were judged by Boston College top chef Steve Cottrell and Paul Robinson from sponsors Bakkavor – the Lincolnshire-based food group – under the watchful eye of event organiser Janet Macphee from the Centre for British Teachers.
"The whole package was judged – everything from tidiness and working well together to the food on the table," said Mr Robinson.
Mrs Macphee said: "The emphasis has very much been on healthy food and all the teams have reflected that in their menus.
"It's very important to hold events like this for schools because of the importance of using the right ingredients in meals."
Mr Cottrell said: "The judging was very difficult because the standards were very high."
Gainsborough Queen Elizabeth's High School food technology teacher Jane Jones revealed that the 11 to 13-year-olds had done exceptionally well.
"It's not easy to go into a kitchen you've never cooked in before and produce as meal for two professional judges to taste," she said.
"And to rustle up a two-course meal in 90 minutes is a challenge in itself for anyone."
The winners produced their own version of leek and bacon tart with rarebit topping, followed by Welsh cakes.
"My grandma is Welsh and we asked her advice on our menu," said Georgie. "The standards were amazing and we never thought we'd win."
Cheery Willingham Community School teacher Alison Britt said: "It rounded off a very successful week as we had a pancake competition which was very popular.
"Food technology is still a very important subject."
The winners of the national Go Global cookery competition later this year will win £1,000 for their school.