BUDDING chefs could be serving dinner for Royalty next month after a school made the finals of a competition to create a menu for the Queen.
A group of 22 Year 8 students from Latimer Arts College, in Castle Way, Barton Seagrave, are celebrating after getting to the last 16 of a competition to have their special recipe tasted by the Queen.
The school has beaten off competition from almost 200 schools to take their place in the contest’s later stages, with judges impressed by the college’s menu based on a county theme.
Food technology teacher Carolyn Penny said: “I’m bursting with excitement after reaching the final stages.
“The group is very talented and there was such a buzz and such electricity in the room when we were discussing ideas and they have come up with a great recipe.
“All the school is talking about it.
“We’ve tried to reflect Northamptonshire in the menu, with a slipper-shaped cake a nod to the shoe industry, and meringues shaped like the Rose of the Shires.”
The competition was launched by the Duchess of Cornwall, as a tribute to the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee.
If Latimer Arts College makes it into the final four, they will be invited down to Buckingham Palace to have their menu prepared by the Royal Chef and will help serve it at a special reception attended by Her Majesty.
Mrs Penny added: “The competition has really caught the pupils’ imagination and they have all got such respect for the Queen and the Diamond Jubilee.
“They have let their creativity flow, enjoyed every minute of it and results speak for themselves.”
Pupils have sourced local produce when putting together their menu.
Hamish Beckett, 13, of Kettering, said: “I was shocked when I found out we were in the last 16, it was completely unexpected.
“The class is very, excited and we’ve all worked really hard.”
Lottie York. 13, of Kettering, said: “Everyone in the group has had a part to play in making the menu.
“We’ve thought of themes in the county and everyone has come up with their own ideas. We’re pleased.”
The final four schools will be announced next week after having their menus judged.