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Poppy impresses with her culinary abilities

By West Briton  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

  • Above, at the Penryn College Rotary cooking competition are, from left, Jean Henderson, Rotary president Jim Henderson,Greenbank Hotel chef Philippa Holden and Penryn's mayor Gill Grant. Top left, last year's winner Bryony Morgan with her pork tenderloin ready to go in the oven; bottom, Marc Lythall pops his courgettes in to roast.

  • Penryn College Rotary Cooking Competition. Jenny Dade prepares her chicken breasts wrapped in parma ham. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20121120B-007_C

  • Penryn College Rotary Cooking Competition. Abbie Lilly stirs her chilli con carne Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20121120B-006_C

  • Winner Poppy Pudner works on her raspberry fool.

  • Penryn College Rotary Cooking Competition. Bryony Morgan with her pork tenderloin ready to go in the oven. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20121120B-004_C

  • Penryn College Rotary Cooking Competition. Toby Cooper crushes garlic for his garlic bread. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20121120B-002_C

  • Penryn College Rotary Cooking Competition. Marc Lythall puts his courgettes in the oven. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20121120B-003_C

  • Penryn College Rotary Cooking Competition. Brittany Wilkes stirs her chilli ready for her stuffed peppers dish. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20121120B-001_C

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SPICY fishcakes and a chicken dish secured Poppy Pudner first place in the Rotary Young Chef competition in Penryn.

Poppy, 13, won the local round, hosted by Penryn College in partnership with the town's Rotary club.

Seven pupils took part from various year groups and each had to submit and prepare menus offering a two-course healthy meal for two people.

Poppy's spicy tuna fishcakes, paprika chicken with pasta and raspberry fool with shortbread took the top spot – but only just.

Judge Philippa Holden, from the Greenbank Hotel in Falmouth, said the standard was high, with few marks separating the entries.

Last year's winner Bryony Morgan, 15, came second with her menu. Third was Jenny Dade and fourth Abigail Lilly.

Rotary Young Chef is a national competition for anyone of secondary school age who enjoys cooking, and aims to promote healthy eating and cooking skills.

Schools battle it out to choose a district winner who competes in regional finals, with the chance of a place in the national showdown.

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