Five schools battle it out in Stratford to be the next Jamie Oliver

Five schools went head-to-head in Stratford on Saturday in a live cook off to find the next Jamie Oliver.

Cooking up a storm in the Stratford Shopping Centre were pupils from Carpenters school, Rokeby school, Central Park Primary, Royal Docks school and Sarah Bonnell school who teamed up with chefs from Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food Stratford.

Learning how to make dishes popular in countries competing in the Olympic Games, the primary school and overall winners of the challenge were Hanna Iqbal and Humaira Ahad, both 10-years-old, from Central Park Primary School who rustled up an Italian Tuna Pasta.

They won vouchers for JD Sports and �250 for their school to spend on cooking equipment or sporting facilities.

Safiyyah Ilyas Oughradar and Urvashi Gulabchande from Sarah Bonnell School won the secondary school prize with their Chinese Chow Mein.

Andew Norton, Stratford Shopping Centre Manager, said: “The event was a great success and we have already received lots of positive feedback.

“It was wonderful to see the children proudly show off their new cooking skills following the training received by Jamie’s Ministry of Food Stratford.

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“Not only has the experience provided the competitors with life long skills but it has raised awareness of other cultures and traditions.

“We hope that this will be the start of more events hosted by Stratford Shopping Centre to engage with the local community.”

Judging the children’s culinary efforts were Sandeep Channa, a local Olympic Torchbearer, and an audience of local councillors, community figures and Newham residents.

Carlos Montes, Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food Stratford and Leaside Food director, said: “The children in these five schools worked hard practicing their newly acquired cooking skills.

“We are very grateful to the Stratford Shopping Centre for supporting our work with these wonderful schools and for allowing us to have such a fun celebration of the Olympics and the vitality of Newham communities.

“Stratford is changing and the Stratford Shopping Centre is playing a lead role in supporting and engaging local communities.

“We are proud to support Stratford Shopping Centre’s engagament with local communities.”