Chef Brian's back to judge at old school

MORLEY High School's most famous former pupil will be providing the star ingredient at its big cooking event on Tuesday night.

Renowned chef and television personality Brian Turner will be judging a cookery competition going ahead at Morley High School, in conjunction with Leeds Thomas Danby College.

Brian attended Morley High before moving onto the college, renowned regionally and nationally for its hospitality and culinary arts training and provisions, to study a two-year general catering course, where he also won a prize for his practical skills.

Morley High actively promotes practical cooking as part of its curriculum to ensure pupils understand the importance of healthy eating and nutrition as well as utilising local produce.

During the last three months, a series of cook-offs have taken place for its year seven, eight and nine pupils, with the grand final held as part of the Can You Cook It event on Tuesday from 7pm.

The title of the event was the idea of year seven pupil Jevan Flora, who won a DVD player donated by J Kellets of Morley as a reward.

Heats have taken place during school lunchtimes with Prett and Paresh Tejura from Tingley-based Curry Cuisine judging each round of the competition.

J Kellett and Lawtons greengrocers in Morley supplied the ingredients for all the dishes made and head boy Mark Sewards has filmed each round ready Tuesday’s final.

That will take place, along with a ‘cook off’ between staff and governors, in front of a live audience, which will include the Mayor of Morley, Coun Terry Grayshon.

Leeds Thomas Danby assistant director and chef tutor Gordon Sibbald will be on hand to compere the evening’s proceedings, which will also feature culinary demonstrations from the college as well as tasting sessions from local restaurants Amaans, Cucinas and Berties Diner and a Yorkshire farmers market.

Raffle tickets will be on sale on the night with all prizes donated from the community.