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Summer Berry from the winning team Brighstone Guides

Girlguides on the Isle of Wight recently took part in a challenge to prepare, cook and serve a main course for 4 as part of the IW College’s Open Evening.

Members of the public, including prospective new college students, were able to view the teams of Guides and Rangers completing this challenge in the college kitchen adjacent to the restaurant.

3 teams of Girlguiding Isle of Wight members competed in the cook-off, cooking up some tasty and unusual dishes. They had just 2 hours from start to finish.

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Binstead Guides’ team of Meghan Colleypriest, Laura Brooks and Amy Bowbrick made Chicken Thai Curry, whilst Carisbrooke Rangers’ Gracey Joseph-White, Erica Hiscock and Hermione Lloyd dished up Taco Town. Brighstone Guides Abigail Watson and Summer Berry served Lasagne with Pop-Corn.

Guest judge, Chef Bradley Roe from Ventnor Botanic Gardens, was joined by 2 members of IW College staff, Kirsty and Claire, and all 3 judges found it a hard task to find a winning team.

However, after watching the girls’ cooking skills and tasting the food the Brighstone team of Abigail Watson and Summer Berry, serving up Lasagne with Pop-Corn, were declared the winners.

At the presentation of the prizes, Chef Bradley Roe said that all the dishes were well cooked and presented and could easily be placed on the menus of London restaurants.

“I would be willing to pay at least £20 for dishes such as these.” he said adding, “there were some delicious flavours and textures in what has been produced this evening.”

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Carisbrooke Ranger Erica Hiscock said:

“This competition has really been a fun thing to do, I have thoroughly enjoyed it.”

The winning team were awarded large ‘Practical Cookery’ books and cooking equipment, whilst the other competing teams received a mix of cooking equipment.

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