King’s FutureChef

FutureChef competition winner Megan Shingler

On Thursday 29 November, Year 9 Food student, Megan Shingler travelled down to Middlesbrough College to take part in the local final of FutureChef, organised by Springboard and judged by industry chefs.

There are four stages to this competition; stage 1, school heats organised by the Academy Food department. Stage 2, local finals organised by Springboard. Stage 3, Regional finals and Stage 4 National finals hosted by Westminster Kingsway College, and judged by industry and celebrity chefs.

In the local final, participants had to cook a two course meal for two people (hot main course and a hot or cold dessert) keeping to a budget of £7. They were then marked against specified judging criteria. The winner of this final progresses to stage 3 Regional finals, where they receive the support of an industry mentor.

Megan’s main dish was a healthy interpretation of the local delicacy ‘Chicken Parmesan’ and was served with a beetroot salad. The judges commented on her excellent organisation and calm approach. Her ginger and lemon cheesecake dessert was both beautiful and delicious. She beat off stiff competition from other competitors across the local area, some significantly older than her and was successful in winning the local final.

Megan will now represent the North East of England in the Regional Final of FutureChef at Sheffield Hallam University on 23 January 2019.

Mrs Connor, Megan’s Food teacher, told us: ‘FutureChef engages over 12,000 students from across 600 schools and culminates in a National Final at Westminster Kingsway College where winners of the 12 regions go head to head. To reach the regional final is a great achievement and we are so proud of her.’

On the right track: The King’s Academy ESF Business Game winners

On the right track: The King’s Academy ESF Business Game winners, Team Revolution (L-R) Megan Shingler, Mia Rutherford, Aimee Hedley-Taylor, Iqra Issa and Jessica Harris

A team of young entrepreneurs found business to be child’s play when they took the title in an annual enterprise challenge.

The all-girl Team Revolution, from The King’s Academy, in Coulby Newham, impressed a panel of judges with their Footprint training shoes that come complete with a GPS tracking device.

The hidden tracker is designed to be useful for parents whose children may wander off while being inconspicuous to the child wearing the shoes.

The team of Jessica Harris, Megan Shingler, Aimee Hedley-Taylor, Iqra Issa and Mia Rutherford won a trophy and £300 in the ESF Business Game, a competition involving the four secondary schools in the Emmanuel Schools Foundation.

Twelve Year 9 teams made the finals, hosted by Emmanuel College in Gateshead, and had to present their business to the judges, Dr Simon Goon, director of BE Group, business education consultant Tracy Allison, Sarah Douglas of Gateshead Council and Jonathan Prest, managing director of Communicator.

Each team could choose from seven briefs including developing a new product of wearable technology, a healthy ready meal for children, a new app for the education market and a useful product for pet owners.

Every product or service had to support a charity and the teams created a website and other assets to support their business.

They were judged on the originality of their ideas, the quality of their presentation, potential profit, social objectives and their overall professionalism.

With their slogan “safety every step of the way”, Team Revolution pledged to support Action Against Abduction.

Their finance director Jessica Harris said: “It feels really good to win. We didn’t think we’d even get through to the shortlist so it’s brilliant.”

Marketing director Mia Rutherford said: “We thought the trainers with a tracking device would be something that would be in demand from parents.”

Web designer Aimee Hedley-Taylor added: “We changed our idea a few times but then came back to Footprint, which is where we started in the first place. I’m so glad we went back to it and we worked really well together as a team to develop it.”

Head of business and IT at Emmanuel College, Steve Robson, who organised the event, said: “The students came up with some very creative ideas and put in a huge amount of hard work. It’s not easy to stand up and speak in front of a panel of judges and then be questioned by them, and all the students did a great job.”

College principal Matt Waterfield added: “This is just one competition where all our schools come together to do something innovative and challenging. Although our schools are as far apart as Doncaster and Blyth we have community, serving one another, working together and striving for excellence in common.

“We are committed to providing all our students with opportunities like this to help build confidence and develop character and, on this occasion, the students really rose to the challenge.”