The Perse School

Winning pudding goes on Hotel du Vin’s menu

7 Dec 2011

Alex Rand in Year 6 will see a dish he created for a competition run by the school's cookery club on the menu at Hotel du Vin in Cambridge.

Launched and judged by the head chef at Hotel du Vin, Jonathan Dean, the competition asked pupils to create a pink pudding. The winning dish ‘Floating islands on a strawberry lake’ will feature on Hotel du Vin’s menu for a week from Friday 9th December, with 20% of sales going to the Pink Rose Appeal, run by Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust.

Jonathan Dean, said, "I chose Alex’s dish because he had put so much thought into its execution. He had really listened to the initial brief and looked for something that showed technical ability and skill. Having seen a similar creation on Masterchef he adapted it to his own dish. This was something very adventurous for someone so young. I admire his enthusiasm and would suggest this could be a chef of the future!  Overall, the skill level in the whole group was exceptional, with some amazing tastes and presentation. It was a difficult decision to make and I am impressed with the effort and quality I experienced."

Alex Rand, said, “I wanted to do something meringuey but also wanted to do something original. I then saw someone on Masterchef do floating islands so I thought I would try it out. I had never made them before so it would fun. When I was little I cooked cakes with my grandma and I have done little bits of cooking ever since. I started cookery club in Year 4 and have done it every year. I’ve even cooked dinner for my parents – it was hard work but also fun so it paid off."

The winner’s ceremony took place at Hotel Du Vin on Wednesday 7th December, attended by Jonathan Dean, Head Chef at Hotel du Vin; Alex Rand, winner of the pink pudding competition; Trudy Harper, Fundraising Manager at Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust and Fiona McDonnell, Head of Pastoral Care at The Perse Prep School.

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