Creative cooking impresses in school Masterchef-style final

Competitors in the Masterchef-style competition stand with their dish entries in the Pocklington School Cookery Classroom

Sixth Form students and staff went head to head in a hard-fought final of this year’s Masterchef-style competition, which tested their collaborative and culinary skills against the clock.

The winners and runners-up from previous rounds competed against a staff team and one from Tesco, which has provided all the short-dated food for the competition.

Students, staff and Tesco supermarket representatives choose their cooking ingredients from the short dated foodContestants have one and a quarter hours to produce a dish from previously unseen ingredients, picked off the Tesco shelves on its sell-by date. Finalists, who worked mostly in pairs, arrived at the kitchen after school to find sea bass, lemon sole, cabbage and pears among the items to inspire them.

The teams and the dishes they created were:

Lower Sixth:

Josh Toulmin and Magnus Swann – Salmon and pea lemon risotto and chips

David Clifton – Cheesy Sea Bass

Upper Sixth:

Guy Prew and Rob Boddy – Pork Steak, cabbage and bacon and chips

Tiger Brash and Pete Massey – Caramelised Pear and orange sorbet


Martin Kettlewell (Director of Music) and Gareth Shephard (Head of Economics and Business Studies) – a North African Southern Fusion dish

Tesco Supermarket:

Rob Carley (Store Manager- Market Weighton) and Karen Berry (Community Companion) - Lemon Sole, stuffed peppers and chips

Judges, Headmaster Toby Seth and Phil Donaldson (Head of Academic Administration) judge the completed dishes in the Pocklington School Masterchef-style finalThe food was judged by two keen chefs from among the School staff: Phil Donaldson (Head of Academic Administration) and Toby Seth (Headmaster). They scored the meals out of ten in four categories: use of ingredients; technical skill; appearance and taste.

The winning dish in the Pocklington School Masterchef-style FinalPete and Tiger were declared the winners as their dish, the only pudding prepared by the contestants, scored 34 points out of a maximum of 40. All the contestants showed real innovation and skill, setting an impressively high standard for future competitors to match.

Tesco’s Community Food Connection donates surplus fresh food daily from all Tesco stores to local charities and not-for-profit organisations. The supermarket says that since its first collection in 2012, it has collected over 63 million meals to support a wide range of people in the UK who find themselves in need.