Pupils cook up a storm designing quiches for popular butchers’ shop

Kathryn Nicholson and Mrs Martin, teacher at Monkseaton Middle School, test the quiche entries.
Kathryn Nicholson and Mrs Martin, teacher at Monkseaton Middle School, test the quiche entries.

Shoppers are being invited to have a butchers at quiches created by local children which could go on sale at a popular shop.

Family-run Nicholson’s Butchers is asking customers to choose a winner from two tempting finalists in its schools quiche competition.

There was a wide range of sophisticated flavour combinations all excellently presented

Kathryn Nicholson

Visitors to the shop in Park View, Whitley Bay, on Saturday, May 2, will be asked to choose their favourite which will then be available to buy the following weekend.

Over the past two weeks, Year 8 pupils from Monkseaton Middle School have put on their chefs’ hats to come up with tempting flavour combinations during their Food Technology lessons to impress Kathryn Nicholson, a fourth generation family member to work in the Whitley Bay butchers.

Judging of the inventive 14 quiche varieties took place last week in school, when two finalists were chosen by Kathryn and teacher Mrs Martin.

“There was a wide range of sophisticated flavour combinations all excellently presented,” said Kathryn.

“The pupils all hand crimped their pastry and hand placed their fillings in each quiche carefully. It was a tough judging session.”

The finalists are: Olivia Forbes and Mollie Leach’s Parma Ham, Roasted Vegetables and Smoked Cheese Quiche, or Zak Gibling and Serena Hogarth’s Kale, Bacon, Potatoes and Goat’s Cheese Quiche.

During the judging, the pupils also got the chance to quiz Kathryn on her career in the food industry. She holds a degree in food science, has worked in large food manufacturing businesses, and in food development for a large supermarket, but has returned to her roots.

“We’re expecting a good turnout on Saturday when the voting opens and will announce the winner after the weekend,” added Kathryn.

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