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Former MasterChef contestant opens King's Hall School's new cookery school

To mark the official opening of King’s Hall School’s new cookery school, former MasterChef quarter-finalist, Hope Pointing, joined the children for a day of culinary celebrations.

The 23-year-old chef, who has cooked for the likes of Gregg Wallace, John Torode, and top food critic Jay Rayner, spoke to the pupils in a Q&A style interview about her time on the hit BBC show. She gave a fascinating insight into the world of professional cooking, sharing her top tips for young chefs and advising the children on how to cope with pressures both inside and outside the kitchen.

As someone who suffers with coeliac disease, she also stressed the importance of eating healthily; knowing exactly where our food comes from and what ingredients they contain.

Following the talk, Hope was on hand to assist the school’s panel of experts – Headmaster, Justin Chippendale, Catering Manager, Liz Colbourne, and new Head of Food Tech, Rebecca Cole – in the judging of their inaugural pizza making competition.

Sixteen pupils took part in the popular event which saw teams go head-to-head in the ultimate cooking contest. The children made their pizzas from scratch and were given the freedom to personalise their creations. Toppings ranged from a traditional cheese and tomato, to an epic all-day breakfast pizza.

Commenting on the day, Rebecca said: “It was lovely to have Hope join us for this long awaited opening. As a former pupil of mine, I just knew that she would be the perfect role model for our children, helping to ignite in them a love of cooking and healthy eating.”

She added: “We are happy to announce that our cookery school is officially open for business, and following the half term break, pupils will be able to take cookery as part of the DT curriculum.”

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