On Your Marks, Get Set, COOK!

Tue, 2001-02-06 00:00

A catering team from East Durham College are making the final preparations before travelling to London to compete in a cook off inspired by the London 2012 Games.

The team of four will be taking part in the ‘Get Set To Exercise Your Taste Buds’ competition being run by the official London 2012 education programme, ‘Get Set’.

Students Emily Johnson, aged 17 from Seaham, and Daniel Elliot, aged 17 from Peterlee, will travel down for the finals which take place on Tuesday 12th July at Westminster Kingsway College, with Catering Lecturers Sharon Flowers and Joe Keenan.

Nick Fuller, Head of Education at the London 2012 Organising Committee, explains: “The competition is a unique and exciting opportunity for children and young people to play their part in the London 2012 Games The competition provides a real-life context for teaching and learning about healthy lifestyles and the importance of a nutritionally balanced diet.”

There were more than 6,500 entries to the competition, from all corners of the UK. The East Durham College team will compete in the Further Education College’s Finals Category against two other teams.

Seb Coe, London 2012 Chair, said: “We’ve been astounded by the number and quality of entries we’ve had for this competition. I wish all the students good luck in the final and hope they’ve all learned a lot about healthy eating through this London 2012 initiative.”

The students will cook one course, an Escalope of Turkey enhanced in a wild mushroom, garden herb and robust tomato fondue with tender pappardelle pasta.

They have named the dish Papperdelle Le Monde Au Naturel, Papperdelle of the world in nature.

The recipe was carefully researched by the students with the help of College Gym Instructor Tony Parks to ensure it had the right nutritional balance and was high in the right food stuffs and vitamins top athletes need.

The judging panel will include an Olympian, Paralympian and a top chef who will work in the Athletes’ Village at the London 2012 Games.

Sharon Flowers who organised the College’s entry application to the competition said: “It was unbelievable when we found out we were through to compete in the final. The students did a great job coming up with the menu ideas and test cooking what worked best. We’re really excited about Tuesday.”

Students Daniel and Emily added: “We are dead nervous but so excited, it’s a chance of a lifetime.”