Pupils serve up TV victory

Two Bolsover schoolgirls have beaten off competition from 400 other teams to win a TV cookery competition - and bag their school a £10,000 prize as a result.

Connie and Maddie, aged 11, who go to Scarcliffe Primary School , won the final of the Disney Channel’s First Class Chefs, hosted by celebrity chef Michel Roux Jr.

In the final, the girls, competing as Doubleicious, beat the Two Cheeky Italians team from Essex.

Maddie said: “There are no words, we feel literally awesome - everyone at home and at school is really proud of us.”

Her team-mate , Connie, said they wanted to win the contest for her school and their friends.

She said: “We really wanted to win so we could get portable kitchens for our school because it means they can have cooking classes all the time.”

In the final challenge the girls cooked a meal of salmon fillets with a cream cheese and herb filling, tomatoes roasted on the vine, new potatoes and apple crumble.

They had to serve their culinary concoction to a ‘pop-up’ restaurant made up of the ten other teams which had competed earlier in the show.

Maddie’s mum Rebecca said the show was nerve-wracking at times because the girls had to pass food skills before the final food face-offs - but revealed how their hard work eventually paid off.

She said: “Both the girls worked really, really hard and we’re so proud of them.

“They make an excellent team and the way they get on together is fantastic.”

Celebrity chef and host of First Class Chefs, Michel Roux Jr, was wowed throughout the show by the girls’ creative and imaginative sea-themed dishes.

He said: “Maddie and Connie should feel incredibly proud - they’ve demonstrated a natural flair for cooking and they complement each other beautifully in the kitchen.

“They would give many grown-up chefs a run for their money and who knows, one day they may cook for me again in their own restaurant.”