At the Edgbaston High School for girls, the well-known chef, James Martin, made a special appearance recently as part of the cookery competition using catering equipment. Surely he would have livened up the event and set tongues a-wagging.
You are probably familiar with the sight of James Martin on the telly each Saturday morning, as he entices his viewers into the weekend with ideas and recipes for delicious food. However, he made an entrance in a different milieu recently when he went for the Red Tractor Mmmake it with Mince Challenge 2011. It was, in fact, the cook-up for the regions.
As one would expect from the title of the competition, the aim of the game is to create a dish using beef and lamb made with catering equipment. It is a 6 year old competition, aimed at 11-16 year olds, to encourage them to develop a passion for cooking and also to learn a little more about the origins of ingredients and to provide a better understanding of the components of a nutritious meal.
Who was the winner in this particular heat? Charlotte Heath, from Stratford-upon-Avon Grammar School for Girls won the category. What did she cook? A lamb and date tagine. Elsa Court from Edgbaston High School for Girls and Jabber Hussain from Hodge Hill Sports and Enterprise College came second and third, respectively.
The overall national winner of this Challenge will be treated to a visit to the BBC Saturday Kitchen and will also go to a Michelin-starred restaurant in London and meet some of the chefs.