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Over the next three weeks we will be hosting our annual Masterchef competition.

Lynsey Toms, teacher of Design Technology and co-organiser of this year's event says "There seems to be a lot of excitement and friendly rivalry ensuing amongst the staff and the students, which is creating an air of enthusiasm around the school".

Last year saw a good number of entrants but this year's entries have already exceeded that number - the level of interest shown by the students (and staff!) has been fabulous and I am sure we will see our budding young chefs excel throughout the competition.

The teams will be provided with a tray of ingredients from which to create their master piece, although they will not be told what they are to cook until the competition begins. This ensures that nobody has had any essential practice time before the event!

The Years 7 and 8 heat takes place on Wednesday 22 January - after school, followed by Years 9, 10 and 11 on the 5 February. These will be judged by an internal bank of school staff before finalists are chosen to compete against each other in the grand finale on 12 February. The final will see guest judges coming to the school; these include Grant Mather, senior lecturer in catering at Cornwall College.

During the final there will be a great sense of friendly rivalry; this may be down to the fantastic set of prizes that we have up for grabs - these prizes have been kindly donated from local businesses and include a signed book from award winning local chef Nathan Outlaw - who sent his personal good luck messages to the teams, a free family pass to the Eden Project and gift vouchers for Frankie and Benny's restaurant amongst others.

Last year's overall winners were Miss Claire White and Callum Hancock. Miss White, Deputy Head at Poltair has re-entered the competition this year. The question is - can she retain her crown or will she have to relinquish the title of Poltair Masterchef to somebody else for this year?

Watch this space!


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