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The annual inter-house Masterchef competition at King’s College, Taunton was once again hotly contested this year.  With starters ranging from seared scallops to pea soup, mains as diverse as Moroccan lamb to venison steaks, the judges had a tough, but mouth-watering range of dishes to taste.

Unanimously voted as the winning team of chefs were Angus Crouch and TJ Haller from King Alfred House, with their menu of freshly made smoked mackerel pate, home-made tagliatelle fresco con pollo e chorizo, followed by a berry and vanilla pancake stack.

King’s has a state-of-the-art cookery school, run in association with the Leiths School of Food and Wine.  It was opened by Michelin-starred chef, Michael Caines, in 2012.  The cookery school has been a popular addition to the facilities at King’s.  The skills that pupils have learned – knife skills, vegetable and meat preparation, baking and sauces, as well as menu planning exercises and what to look out for when buying ingredients – will hopefully equip them well for university life and beyond.

Headmaster, Richard Biggs, commented:  “The cookery school has had a dramatic impact on the basic cooking skills of King’s pupils.  All our boys and girls undergo some sort of training at some point in their school careers, and a good number choose to complete the demanding Leiths course in the sixth form.  The standard seen at our annual inter-house masterchef competition has risen steadily.  As a keen cook myself I am delighted to see this firmly established as a popular school activity among boys and girls of all ages.  The winning pair this year were both members of the U15A rugby team earlier this year!”

King’s College is an independent co-educational boarding and day school in Taunton, Somerset with over 460 pupils aged 13-18 years.  For more information, please visit: www.kings-taunton.co.uk

Photographer: Fiona Byrne