Warrington Collegiate is proving it can stand the heat after being selected as one of the contenders in the catering competition, the Nestle Toque D’Or.

The competition, which boasts James Martin and Jamie Oliver among past competitors, sets teams of three students the MasterChef-style challenge of cooking a healthy lunch for six courses, two for judging and four for invited diners in two hours.

Students will be judged on everything from the food they serve, to the design of the menu, presentation and service on the day.

Warrington Collegiate’s talented trio are the youngest team in the competition.

Head Chef of the team, 18 year old Sam Shawcross, from Woolston, said: “It is a lot of hard work, but a massive opportunity as we will be judged by top chefs in the industry. I’m really enjoying it; the rewards are fantastic if you win.

Commis Chef, 17 year old Siobhan Lindsay, from Dallam and the youngest in the competition, added: “You’ve got to make sure your food is just right and meets the strict criteria of the competition. It’s really, really fun and exciting.”

Front of House for the team, 17 year old Toni Commerford, from Birchwood said: “It’s amazing, but scary.”

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