AAESS’ 6th Form Cook Off

Following the successful appointments to the senior prefect team, The Head Boy, Elliot Graham-Sommerville, and Head Girl, Marni Moussa, challenged the Executive Principal, Andrew Thomas, to a cook-off in the brand new, state of the art  kitchen facilities that they have at the school.

Sous chefs, made up of the Deputy Head Boy, James Thomas, and Deputy Head Girl, Sebastienne Abass, were joined by Thomas’ sous Chef, Chris Ebbinkhuysen, Senior Vice Principal.

Cooking a chilli con carne with a homemade guacamole and chunky salsa, with a fresh corn on the cob, laced with a lime, shallot and smoked paprika dressing, Thomas & Ebbinkhuysen were certain that they were in for the inaugural win, where the dish had to be cooked in one hour and which had to be healthy.

However, Elliot & James had other ideas with their homemade Thai green curry, with sticky rice, with Marni And Sebastienne presenting a mussel linguine and salad.

Helping judge the contest was Mohammed Soussan, General Manager and co-founder of the Ayla Hotels, and after much deliberation, Marni and Sebastienne got the judge’s nod, having worked up their taste buds!

Thomas said, “This has been a great way to start the year and to celebrate the use of this fantastic kitchen.  I was impressed by the presentation of the dishes from the senior prefects today and the calibre of their skills.  We have already started our Food Prep & Nutrition curriculum within the school, with the expert help of Ben Lorimer, and I know there are more plans for future competitions to go alongside our extensive after school activities club, where we have such a high volume of students here already since opening”.

As a result of their win, Marni and Sebastienne will now cook a three course dinner for the runners-up.