Ready, steady, cook! These were the words that started the Christmas 2008 masterchef competition at 126 (City of Derby) Squadron Air Cadets on Thursday evening.
60 cadets from the squadron in Curzon Lane, Alvaston, split into 5 teams to cook up a 3 course meal in only one and a half hours. Using only camping stoves and pans borrowed from parent’s kitchens and larders, the cadets age 13 to 20 chopped, boiled, fried and whisked up a meal fit for any top restaurant.
Two Royal Air Force chefs were on hand to judge the competition. Warrant Officer Steve Owen-Browne and Mr Rob Fletcher marked all aspects of the competition, from preparation and table layout to the final tasting session.
The winning team on the night was commanded by Cadet Flight Sergeant Sam Woodward. They served a starter of garlic king prawns followed by a main course of pork with a confit of apple in cider. The meal was rounded off by a chocolate and cointreau mousse.
The annual masterchef competition is organised by AWO Eileen Smith. She said, “The annual cooking competition is designed to encourage the cadets to have an interest in food and catering. The cadets are given a budget to work to. They compete furiously to win the masterchef shield.”
Flt Sgt Woodward, in charge of the winning team said, “Masterchef is one of the best nights of the year. Each team spends hours planning and practising the dishes they are going to cook. It’s a fun evening that also gets us in the Christmas spirit.”