February 15, 2024

Navy Chefs Inspire Students in Culinary Challenge

In January, two professional chefs from the Royal Navy cast away their anchors at Sir Jonathan North Girls’ College and hosted an innovative cooking challenge.

The chefs visited the school’s GCSE Food and Hospitality students and tasked them with preparing, cooking and presenting two complex dishes; Chicken Kiev and Mini Pavlovas.

Working in groups of six, students were given recipe sheets, a collection of ingredients and were then let loose in the kitchen. Utilising the culinary skills acquired in their lessons, students had to work together to serve up both dishes inside 90 minutes.

Once their time limit was up, the young cooks presented their food to the Navy chefs who would be scoring the dishes on presentation, teamwork and – most importantly – for keeping their work area clean whilst they were working!

After much deliberation, the winners were selected, with Brooke, Khadija, Sophie and Ellina taking the crown.

After the competition, students listened intently as their visitors spoke about some illuminating careers that exist within both the Royal Navy and The British Army. They displayed a presentation and a video about opportunities in catering, healthcare and technology, all within the military sector.

This was an engaging opportunity and one that allowed the students to think more broadly about potential career paths they may want to travel down upon leaving school.

Following the success and positive feedback from the event, plans are already underway to host a comparative session for Year 10 students in March!