Students meet Queen after contest success

Barton Seagrave Latimer School cooking for the queen: Magnifique, 13 year olds, Lottie York and Hamish Beckett.'17/05/12

Barton Seagrave Latimer School cooking for the queen: Magnifique, 13 year olds, Lottie York and Hamish Beckett.'17/05/12

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Teenage foodies were given Royal approval when they visited Buckingham Palace after winning a national cook for the Queen contest.

Eight pupils and teachers from Latimer Arts College in Castle Way, Barton Seagrave, made the trip down to the capital on Friday, June 15, after beating more than 200 schools to win the Cook for the Queen competition which asked students to prepare a menu for Her Majesty.

They were invited into the palace to have their menu perfected by Royal Chef Mark Flanagan, and had a chance to meet the Queen herself in a reception afterwards.

Teacher Carolyn Penny said: “It was absolutely magical.

“The Queen was very complimentary about our menu. She liked that our menu was devised with a nod to Northamptonshire’s shoe making industry, and told us she had a pair of shoes from Church’s, which are based in Northampton.

“The Royal Chef was really impressed by our work too.

“I told him we’d made 500 canapes on a sunny day and he said he’d get on the phone to us if he needed a hand at a big event.”

A group of 22 Year 8 students designed the menu which received glowing reviews, and featured Royal-themed and county-based canape dishes. Their signature piece was an edible diamond slipper, with the Queen’s initials encrusted on it.

Various celebrity chefs, including Jamie Oliver and Rick Stein were also at the event to congratulate the winners.

The best four schools in the county were chosen as winners to go down the capital.

Pupil Amy Loveridge, 13, of Barton Seagrave, said: “It was such an honour to be invited down to the Palace.

“We were all pleased with what we achieved.”

Student Maddie Boreham, 13, of Kettering, said: “It was nerve-racking meeting the Queen but she said our menu was really patriotic.”