Clever Wisbech chefs in the making cook up a storm to win national Cookalong contest

16:49 08 January 2016

Wisbech Grammar School Fourth Form pupils with their foodie creations

Wisbech Grammar School Fourth Form pupils with their foodie creations


Students at Wisbech Grammar School cooked up a storm at Cookalong, a national competition hosted by The Guild of Food Writers.

Wisbech Grammar School Fourth Form pupils with their Cookalong certificatesWisbech Grammar School Fourth Form pupils with their Cookalong certificates

Fourth form students were crowned champions in the contest, which celebrates the life and work of the late Marguerite Patten – one of the UK’s most prolific cookery writers and personalities.

Those taking part were:

•Murray Christison (Somersham)

•Charles Kerman-Staley (Wisbech)


•Toby Phillips (King’s Lynn)

•Will Lankfer (Friday Bridge)

•Jade Sandy (Hunstanton),

•Jack Harvey (Hunstanton),

•Muhammad Ahmed (Peterborough)

•Tom Locke (Upwell)

•Frazer Brown (Peterborough)

The budding chefs fought competition as they joined food-lovers of all ages and proficiency in cooking a meal based on Marguerite’s recipes.

Alison Sloan, head of food and nutrition, said: “The class were really enthusiastic upon entering the Cookalong.

“They enjoyed learning about Marguerite Patten’s work and cooking and eating the dishes.”

Competitors were also asked to share photographs of their creations on social media where they were judged by Anne Dolamore (Marguerite’s editor) and Judith Patten (Marguerite’s daughter).

The Fourth Form group inspired the judges with their bacon and egg pie, Battenberg cake, prawns with lime and coconut milk and soto ayam (Indonesian soup with noodles) which saw them win the prize of a selection of Marguerite Patten cooking books.


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