Joshna scoops Jamie award for cooking

November 01 2016

A young Bristol chef has been given the ultimate seal of approval by Jamie Oliver after scooping his national award for 14-19 year olds.

Cook champ

A young Bristol chef has been given the ultimate seal of approval by Jamie Oliver after scooping his national award for 14-19 year olds.

Joshna Johnson, 15, a student at Orchard School Bristol in Horfield, won the Jamie’s Home Cooking Skills competition, in conjunction with publisher Pearson, beating off competition from thousands of entrants, with her meal of BBQ ribs with a chive dip and lemon and tomato salad with feta, a Ferrero Rocher cake and a mocktail.

She was inspired to enter the competition by her teacher at Orchard School, Kirsty Pettett, and will now enjoy a slap up meal at Jamie’s restaurant in Bristol, along with a prize of a Jamie cook book, £100 of books from Pearson and a set of professional Tefal cookware.

The competition asked entrants to offer at least two dishes or courses, and include details of a drink to accompany the food.

Organisers said they wanted entrants to embrace the Jamie Oliver ethos of healthy eating, using delicious ingredients and inspiration from around the world.

Joshna said: “When I heard the news that I won the Jamie Oliver Competition over thousands of applicants all over the UK, I was speechless and ecstatic. It was a really big honour for me to be awarded this prize. I especially thank my teacher Miss Pettett, who is my food teacher, without her motivation, I would have never got this award. I also thank my school for giving me this opportunity, Pearson and most of all, Jamie Oliver.”

Miss Pettett said: “Joshna always works really hard in food, but for this competition she fulfilled the brief to perfection.  Her dishes not only tasted divine but her presentational skills are those in keeping with a Michelin star chef.  I’m honored to teach all the GCSE food students but immensely proud of Joshna for winning this award. Congratulations.”

In a video message to Joshna, Jamie praised her use of healthy ingredients, especially fruit and veg, and the way her menu was presented.”