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Year 8 Girls ‘Fourayes’ Bramley Apple Competition

5th July 2013

On Monday 17th June 2013, Amber Malley represented  Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School at the ‘Fourayes’ Bramley Apple Competition, hosted by East Kent College.

She was chosen by ‘Fourayes’ as a finalist and was allowed to bring an assistant chef (Elizabeth Fenton) to cook two of her desserts against five other schools. One dessert was for judging, the other to be eaten at lunch time! The desserts were then judged by Michelin starred Kent chef Tim Johnson and the winning dessert would feature on the menu in his restaurant ‘Apicius’ in Cranbrook, for six weeks.

The girls had 2 hours to cook the desserts and completed the task on time.  Amber made a ‘Bramlet’ tart: a chocolate and apple tart with toffee sauce and cinnamon Chantilly cream. The dessert demonstrated high-level cooking skills and included pastry making, blind baking, creaming, making a sauce and whipping cream.

The judge found it hard to decide the winning dessert due to the high level of work and presentation of dishes from all the schools, but finally allowed his taste buds to choose a dessert that was not too sweet. Unfortunately, the girls didn’t win but had an amazing experience, cooking in a professional kitchen and seeing the other entries. They were award a prize of a £10 W H Smith voucher each.

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