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.