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Friday, June 3, 2016

Young Llan chef commended in Dahlicious competition

* Competition winner Nicole Garratt of Ysgol Pendref.

A PUPIL from a Llangollen primary school was one of the young chefs from across the county who took part in the Great Denbighshire Menu Primary School Final 2016.

Rhys Penge of Ysgol y Gwernant took part in the big decider held recently at Denbigh High School. 

The competition was one of Denbighshire Education and Children’s Services’ centrepieces to mark 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl.

It took as its theme “Dahlicious” and asked children to choose their favourite Roald Dahl book to create a healthy (fictional) breakfast that could be served at school. 

Organisers say all the finalists impressed the judges and audience of parents and teachers with their culinary skills by whipping up their “dahlicious” menus. 

The aromas that filled the kitchen had everyone envious of the two lucky judges – Mark Young, Denbigh Chocolate Shop proprietor, and Teleri Owen, Head of Catering at Denbigh High School - who tasted all the mouth-watering dishes. 

The judges found this year's competition of a very high standard, with students demonstrating a wide range of culinary competencies. 

After the judges had deliberated, they congratulated all nine finalists for their great work and delicious menus. 

They said it had been a tough decision and commended them all on their efforts. 

However, they declared there could only be one winner and Nicole Garratt, Ysgol Pendref, was crowned Great Denbighshire Menu Primary School Chef 2016. 

The Great Denbighshire Menu is open to all budding young chefs across the county from seven to fifteen years of age. 

Competition categories include primary, secondary and special schools. 

Paula Roberts, Denbighshire Healthy Schools Co-ordinator, said: "Each year it is wonderful to see the children’s delight and sense of accomplishment, as well as how proud their parents and teachers are of them. 

"If you know a child with any interest in baking or cooking, this is a great opportunity for them to step up to the plate." 

And Denbighshire Education and Children’s Services has announced that in 2017 it will be launching “The Great Denbighshire Bake Off” competition for Denbighshire schools. 

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