THREE Brookmans Park school pupils have made it through to the regional finals of a national cooking competition to be judge by celebrity chef James Martin.

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Last week George Osbourn, Grace Bush and Tom Ingrey from Chancellor’s School, in Brookmans Park, were announced as three of the talented finalists in a search to find the country’s next top cooking talent for the Red Tractor beef and lamb Make it with Mince Challenge 2012.

After receiving hundreds of entries from across the country, 50 students were shortlisted to take part in six regional heats.

Former Strictly Come Dancing contestant James Martin and his fellow judges were blown away by the pupils’ menus.

George Osbourn cooked Mediterranean burgers with crushed new potato, caramelised courgettes and red pepper sauce.

Grace Bush prepared lamb quinoa kofte with cucumber, sumac yoghurt dip, tomato salad with olive dressing.

And Tom Ingrey’s made Mediterranean filo topped lamb with tray baked new potatoes, peppers and tomatoes.

A regional cook-off will take place today on November 14, in Cambridge.

The winner will get to spend the day with James Martin in London, watching Saturday Kitchen live, meeting the guests and sampling menus at some of the capital’s top restaurants.

James Martin said: “It has been a real challenge choosing our finalists from such a creative and talented group.

“There has been a huge variety in the recipes submitted, from modern versions of traditional dishes to innovative, new recipes.

“I am really looking forward to the cook-offs and I can’t wait to try the finalist’s beef and lamb mince recipes.”

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