Food and Nutrition: A Summer of Success for Bede’s Chefs


Congratulations to James Upton and Zoe Kirk from Bede's Prep and Senior Schools for earning Runner Up prizes in this year's Eastbourne Young Chef of The Year competition.

These plaudits mark the end of a highly successful year for the Bede's Food and Nutrition department, during which the first group Bedians to undertake The Leith's Certificate in Food and Wine graduated from their course and, in the case of Upper Sixth students Jeanne Duprez and Panagiotis-Giannaris Kalomenopoulos, earned Distinctions in this esteemed, professional grade qualification.


Graduates from the Leith's course.

The Eastbourne Young Chef of the Year Competition is held annually by The Eastbourne Education Business Partnership with judges from the hospitality industry including Keith Mitchell, the Executive Chef from Eastbourne's Grand Hotel.

Across the course of the Summer Term, as is the case every year, Mrs Ballard and the rest of the Bede's Food and Nutrition department ran an activity to prepare Bedians from the First Year (Year 9) and Lower Fifth (Year 10) for the competition, with a cook-off held in the Bede's Kitchen last week to select the students to represent the School in the final.


Bede's Senior School finalist Zoe.

In the Bede's heat, 3rd place was held by Zoe Young, 2nd place by Scarlett Giles and the winner was Zoe Kirk from Charleston House. Zoe then went on to join Prep School contender James Upton from Year 7 in the last round of the competition, which took place on 25 June.

The contest tasked students with cooking a main course dish with a European theme, and was hosted at Willingdon School.


James' final creation.

"The standard of food produced was excellent," said Bede's Head of Food and Nutrition and ex-Cordon Bleu Chef Claire Ballard, "with Zoe, who cooked an Itallian dish, and James, who prepared a Greek dish, both earning Runner Up prizes for their respective age groups."

For their efforts, both pupils were awarded a certificate, voucher and cookery book.


Zoe's runner-up winning dish.

"As a department, I am extremely proud not only of Zoe and James but also Leith's graduates Jeanne, Panagiotis, Helen Lang, Zachary Law, Amy Sharp and Rosie Stephenson," Mrs Ballard added in conclusion.

"Well done to you all."


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