VIDEO: Selsey Academy students win West Sussex cooking competition

TWO students from The Academy in Selsey won the West Sussex Create and Cook Competition today (May 15).

Lily Collins, 13, and Keely Samain, 13, were the champions at the cook-off at Chichester College.

Lily Collins and Keely Samain from the Academy Selsey SUS-140515-151827001

Lily Collins and Keely Samain from the Academy Selsey SUS-140515-151827001

They were up against three other finalists from Steyning Grammar School, Tanbridge House School in Horsham and Sackville School, East Grinstead.

The pair cooked a Three Harbours beefburger made with local beef and making their own burger bun with Weald and Downland Museum flour, as well as using eggs from their own chickens in their dishes.

They also made a profiteroles dessert which incorporated three types of Chichester Montezumas chocolate.

After winning the West Sussex title, the pair will go on to the regional final of the competition in June to cook against fellow county winners from schools in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

They will have their recipes professional styled and photographed for them to keep and for possible publication. The overall winning duo will be awarded £1000 for their school food technology department.

Food technology teacher at The Academy Emma Watts, said she was ‘delighted’ with the result.

The Create & Cook Competition, which aims to celebrate local food and nurture young talent, is run by fit2cook food education and sponsored by The Southern Co-operative.

See a full report of the competition in next week’s Observer (May 22).