Mrs Cole Retains 'Star Baker' Status Ahead of Cookery School Opening
Head of DT, Mrs Becky Cole, was crowned Star Baker for a second consecutive year after winning first prize at this year’s Taunton Flower Show.
To succeed in the cookery class, Mrs Cole was to create a display of five baked goods that were to ‘wow’ the judges. Following through with this promise, she whipped up two caramel choux pastry swans, a set of porcini mushroom and parmesan filled vol-au-vents, four homemade bread rolls, a tray of meringue ‘kisses’, and a show-stopping ‘bouquet of roses’ celebration cake. These formed part of a special Mother’s Day themed ‘tea for two’.
Each item was marked separately out of ten points, with Mrs Cole notching up full marks for her pastry swans and cucumber-filled rolls, as well as strong 9s for her vol-au-vents and overall presentation. Receiving a total mark of 54/60, she scooped the Lakeland Cup, which was rewarded to her at a winner’s ceremony.
This news comes at an exciting time for baking at King’s Hall, and it’s not just because Paul Hollywood will be back on our screens soon! As you may have heard, we are looking to improve our cooking provision, and so far this summer, our maintenance team have been working hard on the development of our new cookery school – which will be housed in the woods in one of our recently refurbished classrooms.
From September, the children will be able to take cookery as part of the DT curriculum. As a baking aficionado, Mrs Cole will be leading the sessions, which will be taught on a rotational basis.
The aim is to teach pupils basic food preparation skills such as fruit and veg prep, using equipment, and making dough, as well as teaching them how and where our food comes from. Naturally there will be some cross-curricular links, with healthy eating linking to science modules, and weighing and measuring to maths. General skills such as food safety and how to follow instructions will also be introduced.
In addition to an annual course of lessons, the facility gives more scope for our cookery hobbies and, of course, the chance to have our own cooking competitions to add to the fun. While it is still early days, we are sure this new provision will be highly beneficial to pupils, and we now look forward to a long and delicious Michaelmas Term!
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