Regional Future Chef Cooking Competition Tuesday 6th February 2018

After winning the local final of the Future Chef competition, on Tuesday 6th February 2018, Grace Ojumu 8C represented KHS in the regional final.
The competition which took place in London South East College, Orpington Bromley had participants from six other schools including Blenhein Surrey, Passmores Academy, Featherstone High School and Sacred Heart of Mary Girls School.The students were required to make a two-course meal within ninety minutes. Students were judged by highly experienced chefs who focused on their competence at using cooking skills, the texture, flavour, presentation of their dishes and their ability to apply hygiene and safety rules.I commend Grace for getting to this stage of the competition. She has been a great role model to other students in the school. I am sure that the skills she has gained from the process and feedback from the judges will motivate her to continue to explore her passion for cooking. The winning menu was a venison dish served on a bed of butterscotch sauce and a well garnished panna cotta.
Thank you Chef Mick for his commitment and dedication to the mentoring sessions and a special thank you to ms McNeil, Mr Froy, Ms Vekaria and the PEEL department for supporting and arranging for the chef’s visit and the competitions.

The Art of Cooking

The Art of Cooking is the result of a student led project featuring recipes from around the world kindly donated by Kingsbury High School parents, carers, staff and students. The cook book was designed and illustrated entirely in school and was specially printed by Martin Lacey at People for Print through the kind support of Mayfair Sports and Kingsbury High School.

Key Stage 4 Coordinator for Art & Design, Jennifer Kincaid said “The aim of the book is to promote home cooking, healthy eating, and the bond that is created through cooking and eating together as a family.”

Ms Kincaid and student Zaenab Iqbal, who contributed a recipe for Afghan Cookies, presented school Library Manager, Josephine Woods, with two copies of the book for the school’s libraries. Ms Woods said “It is great to receive these books that combine three of my favourite things; art, reading and cooking. I’m sure our students will love them.”

The Art of Cooking was launched by contributing students at the school’s Kingsbury Coming Together event in June where copies sold like hot cakes!

The Art of Cooking is available for £5. To reserve your copy, please contact:

Young Chef Triumphs Again!


Year 10, Kingsbury High School student, Olivia Taiwo, winner of the school heat of the RIBI Young Chef Competition, last week, cooked her way to victory once again, this time in the North West London area final. Olivia’s winning menu of, mushroom and prosciutto ravioli in a sage butter sauce with asparagus and herb jus and a pear and butterscotch frangipane tart with butterscotch sauce, clotted cream and a caramel shard, wowed the judges.

Judge, Luther Maitland, College Lecturer in Hospitality and Catering, commended Olivia for the skill she showed in the preparation of her fresh pasta and her professional attitude to cooking skills.  He said: “She had good use of flavours and her dish was of restaurant quality.”

Olivia who beat off competition from students from four other local schools said “I’m very happy and excited.  It has taken a month to prepare my menu.  My ambition is one day to become a pastry chef.  I would recommend cookery to others.”

Olivia will go on to compete in the London final which will be held at Westminster Kingsway on Saturday 9th February 2013.

[photography by Steve; text by Camille Shah]