Dereham Neatherd High School hold 'cook-off' with Norfolk theme

Dereham Neatherd High School hold cook-off with Norfolk theme

20 July 2012 - Last week, pupils at this FFLP Silver School, (who are going for Gold in the autumn), took part in a 'cook-off' using produce grown by the school's Gardening Club

Organised by Will Clennell, their Food for Life Partnership Coordinator, keen and talented teacher/pupil teams battled it out to cook the best traditional Norfolk recipes with as many ingredients as possible sourced from within the county.

Will Clennell said, “There is a real buzz around the school when it comes to growing and cooking our own produce. The school’s Gardening Club supplied organic new potatoes, herbs and salad for contestants to use – freshly harvested just hours before the competition from the school’s allotment. We believe it’s hugely important for the pupils to learn about food provenance, healthy eating and the fun that cooking and eating together should be. We hold these events every term and it’s a great opportunity for staff and pupils to work together and enjoy cooking and tasting the amazing food that the teams produce.”

The winning dishes were:

Gold - locally sourced Cromer crab cakes, devilled mackerel, asparagus and blakeney samphire topped with a supremely well poached egg yolk, plus a light and fluffy sponge cake.
Silver - Norfolk mountain (ice-cream, sponge and home-grown & made jam cooked in a spikey delicious meringue)
Bronze – a bangers 'n mash replica of Norwich Castle, with drawbridge and NCFC flag!

Together teachers and pupils created these fantastic dishes and judges were blown away by the high standards. Overall winners, French and Spanish teacher Amandine Rouyer and Year 8 pupil Charlotte Canham won 2lbs of the finest of Norfolk sausages, whilst the other teams all won sausages to take home.

History teacher Sam Foulger commented,” I was amazed at the high standard of the dishes we tasted. I would gladly have paid to eat them in a restaurant!”.  Find out more about Dereham Neatherd school here. 

Congratulations to all involved and if any other schools would like to share stories of what they’ve done to celebrate the Olympics, cooking or growing, please do contact us on

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