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Accrington Academy students cooked up a storm and made it through to the finals of a prestigious regional cookery competition.

The ‘Reg Johnson Young Chef Schools Competition’ was launched last year by Blackburn College in partnership with top chefs Nigel Haworth and Paul Heathcote MBE, celebrating the late Reg’s legacy of encouraging talent and innovation within the hospitality and catering industry. Reg made his name by putting Goosnargh on the map, with the formation of the UK’s most foremost poultry producer, Johnson and Swarbrick.

This years’ contest, which aims to bridge the gap between industry and education, saw Year 9 students from across Lancashire competing in two heats – the first held at Blackburn College on Monday (1st April), with the second held in Blackpool on Tuesday (2nd April). Working in pairs, those taking part were tasked with producing a healthy dish made from duck.

Making it through to the final, that was held at Blackburn College on Wednesday 1st May, were Accrington Academy’s Jayden Diale and Scott Daniels, as well as Alina Munir and Iqra Nadeem. Fellow students Max Ayres and Liam McDonald were also awarded a ‘Highly Commended.’

Commenting on his students’ success, a proud James Kerfoot, Headteacher at Accrington Academy, said:

“The academy’s participation in this year’s ‘Reg Johnson Young Chef Schools Competition’ is another perfect example of our commitment to provide an ‘Education with Character.’ Those students who took part have done incredibly well and we’re extremely proud of all of them.’”


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