First, there was MasterChef; then came Bedford School’s House Online MasterChef!

The newly-formed competition encouraged families to cook together to compete for the title of House MasterChef, and Dhruv Baker OB and winner of MasterChef 2010, kindly volunteered as guest judge.

With families entering from around the world, it was an inspiring culinary experience, and Dhruv could not help but be impressed by the sheer number and quality of the entries.

With the winners announced during final assembly and a special video message for the boys from Dhruv, the competition helped to provide an exciting end to the year’s fiercely contested house competitions.

Highly Commended

  • Cameron Brown for his ‘thousand layers of lockdown’
  • Christian Tyrell for his ‘Gotabki’ (pronounced gawWOHMP-kee), a traditional Polish dish of spring cabbage leaves stuffed with pork mince.
  • Ishaan Mukherji for his ‘vegan mushroom and leek pie’
  • Jonathan Coughlin for his ‘asparagus wrapped in Parma ham’
  • Noah Brown for his ‘ginger layer cake with poached pears and a cream cheese frosting’

House MasterChef 2020 Champion

William Osborne was named the very first champion for his ‘British summer berries pavlova with a strawberry coulis’. It was a dish that stood out to Dhruv for the careful thought process behind the dish and the number of critical considerations made. William demonstrated a sustainable and ethical approach to cooking, by using seasonal, local ingredients, considering their sourcing and provenance. Dhruv felt that he took account of all these elements beautifully and that his story was told brilliantly with a wonderful narrative throughout.

“An incredibly considered dish . . . a wonderful narrative.”

Dhruv Baker on the winning dish

Our thanks go to Dhruv Baker for sharing his time, expertise and advice, and to all the boys who took part for their houses – it was brilliant to witness their commitment, competitiveness and see their skills shine; always a delight but even more so in lockdown.

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