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Deadlock for Judges in MasterChef Final

Friday, 07 December 2012

Judges in this year’s Bolton School Girls’ Division MasterChef Final were left deadlocked by two mouth-watering offerings from Year 9 pupils Charlotte Winrow and Melissa Cordingly. Charlotte created a savoury dish of Portobello mushroom and black pudding stack with cabbage and bacon, whilst Melissa prepared a banana and walnut cake with banana fries and toffee sauce. The pressure was on the two girls as they worked against the clock and performed in front of a large audience of classmates and staff.

Competition organiser, Miss Chloe Mower, was delighted with the quality of the girls’ dishes: “It was an incredibly tough decision and the judging panel was split down the middle with two votes for each contestant. We were really impressed with both dishes.  I loved the artistic creation of the savoury dish but also thought it was very brave to choose to make a cake. They both showed incredible technical mastery.  Melissa’s banana sweet conjured up a range of arresting flavours, whilst Charlotte’s offering had wonderful texture with hints of bacon, cheese and cream throughout.  In the end, the judges’ collective sweet tooth just won out and Melissa was crowned as Girls’ Division MasterChef.”

The other judges were Headmistress, Miss Sue Hincks; Head of Art, Miss Jane Fazackerley; and the last winner of the competition, Kate Moss.

The competition for Year 9 girls, which ran from the start of term, saw 17 contestants whittled down to the two finalists. Each round tested girls’ culinary skills as they were asked to prepare everything from stuffed peppers or mushrooms to vegetarian main meals to cupcakes, all the time being judged on their creativity, organisational ability, taste and attention to hygiene. 

You can watch a short film about the final here.

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Melissa and Charlotte left the judging panel deadlocked

Melissa and Charlotte present their creations to the judging panel

Melissa was crowned as MasterChef of the Girls' Division

The judges and the contestants