Back in May of this year the three Christchurch secondary schools took part in the Food Festival Cookery Challenge organised by the CFFET. The students all in year 10 at Highcliffe, The Grange and Twynham schools had to produce a main course and dessert which were then judged by TV chef Lesley Waters, President of Christchurch Food and Wine Festival Mary Reader and Christchurch Rotary President Colette Neaum. 

Also on the judging panel were the local chef who had launched the competition in each of the schools. Ian Hewitt at the Grange, Kevin Brown from the Lord Bute at Highcliffe and Colin Nash from the Three Tuns in Bransgore.

On Monday 19 October the winning students from each school are planning to go to enjoy a day at Lesley Waters cookery school in North Dorset as their main prize in the competition. Lesley will teach them new techniques and cook with them enabling the students to cook lunch for themselves and their food teacher.

Students taking part are:

Sophie Greenacre, Sam Lopez, Sadie Hopkins and Lottie Hillard from Highcliffe.

Ryan Jennings and Eleyna Montague from the Grange.

Jake St John, Meghan Lee, Catherine Howe and Michael Griffiths from Twynham.