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Chapter House Preparatory School is crowned champion in the 2017 McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year Competition

We are delighted to announce that pupils from Chapter House Preparatory School have been crowned the 2017 McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year. The team from York, baked its way to the top spot with its Queen Ethelburga’s Mess, impressing judges with their exceptional team work and a deliciously tasting recipe. Lara Haigh and Jack Bennett, both aged nine, supported by school caterer Sarah Middlemiss, used fresh strawberries, garden mint and locally sourced eggs within their recipe, adhering to the local produce competition theme. The final took place at LACA: The Main Event on Thursday 6th July, with the five schools cooking in front of a live audience.

After two successful years, we were excited to see what this year’s finalists would bring to the competition. We were very impressed by the children’s imagination, dedication and enthusiasm throughout the competition and would like to thank everyone who contributed to making the competition such a triumph for the third year running.

The judges – Andrew Green, representing the Craft Guild of Chefs; Carol Harwood, representing LACA; and Mark Rigby, Executive Chef at Premier Foods – had the near impossible task of choosing an overall winner from the impressive finalists. Chapter House Preparatory School achieved high scores for teamwork and presentation, taste, aroma and texture of their winning dish. The school was awarded £1,000 worth of kitchen equipment, a prize which was presented to them by Sally Shadrack, Chair of LACA, helping the pupils to continue their passion for good food and cooking.

Sarah Middlemiss, School Chef from Chapter House Preparatory School commented: “I really couldn’t be prouder of the team and their achievement in the competition today. Despite being a team member down due to illness, Lara and Jack threw themselves into the competition and worked calmly and meticulously to create their winning dish. They developed the recipe themselves back in our school kitchen in York, and I have been overwhelmed by their commitment to this competition.”