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Grove Green - Cooking Competition

Jamie Oliver inspired Kent Scouts to organise a 'Ministry of Food' themed cooking competition, which banned ready-made ingredients.

This took place at Rainham Girls Grammar School on Saturday the 7th of February 2009.

Four friends, Jenn Booth (13)(St.Simon Stock Catholic School), Chloe Brooker (13)(Valley Park Community School),
Sian Harris (14)(NLL Cornwallis Academy) and Megan Vernon (12)(Invicta Girls Grammar School), all Scouts in MacKenzie Troop, Grove Green, the only team from Maidstone, cooked a three course meal and came second out of the sixty scouts in fifteen teams of four, which took part in this County Competition.

The team, with the leadership of Jenn Booth, prepared Carrot and Orange Soup with Soda-bread rolls, Chicken and Baby Button Mushroom Pie with mashed potatoes, broccoli and carrots, Peach and Raspberry Trifle, and Old Fashioned Lemonade.

The soup, soda-bread, sauce for the pie, pastry, custard, and the lemonade were all made in the traditional way without commercial ingredients. Jamie would have been proud of all the teams’ efforts to produce real, authentic food: one of the other teams even cooked a rabbit that they had skinned and gutted themselves!

The judges were the County Commissioner, Kelvin Holford, with Neil Gearing and Ian Dodds, members of Kent Scout's County Leadership Team.
Karen Tyler, MacKenzie Troop's Scout Leader said "We are all so very proud of them, they all worked very hard in the planning and preparation for this event."
Jenn Booth, the leader of the team said, "We all love Scouts, we make brilliant friends there, it teaches us things that we wouldn't learn if we just went to school... and we always have fun too."
Jenn Booth  09/02/09


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