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Ixworth Free School host a bake off that is fit for the Queen

A team of four students from Ixworth Free School have been battling against Saxmundham Free School to produce the best dishes inspired by Her Majesty’s 90th birthday, in this year’s Great Trust Bake Off. The competition was hosted at Ixworth Free School on June 29 and was the latest event to bring students together from across the Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust.

Students from Ixworth and Saxmundham, in Years 7 to 10, were tasked with working in pairs to prepare two dishes each in 90 minutes with a budget of £10 for ingredients. The Ixworth Free School team impressed the judges with their main courses of pork done three ways, and chicken with béchamel sauce and roast potatoes, followed by homemade scones and jam for dessert.

Will Bowman, Seckford Foundation executive chef, said: “It was great to see students coming together to design, create and present their own dishes. As a judge I was looking at the presentation and taste of each dish, as well as the students’ teamwork skills and creativity as they incorporated the theme of the Queen’s 90th birthday. Despite Saxmundham Free School taking home the winning title, all students showed a real passion in the kitchen and I’m sure they will continue to learn and enjoy cooking beyond the school gates.”

The Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust challenges help students to discover new skills and talents as well as meet new people. The bake off was the eighth Cross Trust event to take place this academic year, following competitions in poetry, sports, chess and science among others.