THERE was nothing ‘half-baked’ about the efforts of two Holy Cross College pupils who successfully whipped up a place at the finals of a prestigious cookery competition.
Taking part in ‘Big School Cook Off’ regional heats, Year Nine pupils Keira Carolan and Abigail Robinson made judges mouth’s water with delectable smoked mackerel fishcakes accompanied by tartar sauce and watercress salad.
As Tyrone winners, the domestic duo bagged £200 of vouchers for the school, a masterclass in cookery from Mount Charles Group development chef Simon Toye and a place at the grand finals in Belfast in March.
With £300 vouchers for the school now up for grabs along with a meal at the ‘George’s of The Market’ restaurant and family tickets to see the Belfast Giants, it’s fair to say the ‘steaks’ are high.
Speaking about the accolade, Home Economic’s teacher Eilis Carlin said she was thrilled for the girls.
“We as a department are extremely proud of our budding chefs and excited about the final,” she said. “It is a truly fantastic and well deserved achievement. The dishes produced, across all competitors, were of an incredibly high standard.”
Schools were asked to nominate a team of two to submit a creative recipe for a main course that made the use of local ingredients.
“There were 189 entries in total,” Ms Carlin continued.
“The judging panel short-listed the recipes and the successful finalists, of which there were 49, competed in the county finals.
“Undoubtedly, this is a phenomenal achievement. Well done girls and good luck in the final!”