Schoolgirl’s sweet sensation is a winner

Luci is pictured with her trophy, alongside Arlo's owners Susan (far left) and Lucas Morrison (far right) and Westfield's head of home economics,  Lesley Hender.
Luci is pictured with her trophy, alongside Arlo's owners Susan (far left) and Lucas Morrison (far right) and Westfield's head of home economics, Lesley Hender.
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A creative young cook has so impressed bistro bosses with her mouth-watering dessert that they are putting her dish on their menu.

Longwitton resident Luci McGowan was delighted to be crowned Westfield School for Girls’ Cook of the Year in a new competition.

And there was an even greater surprise in store when judges Lucas and Susan Morrison, who own Arlo’s Bistro in Jesmond, said they wanted to add her winning apple and blackberry flapjack crumble to their new menu.

The Year 8 pupil said: “It was such a thrill to win the competition, but now I’m really excited about the prospect of working with the chefs at Arlo’s and putting my crumble on to their menu.

“I really enjoy creating things in the kitchen so it’s a great feeling to discover that someone who operates their own bistro thinks I have a talent for it.”

The Gosforth school organised the contest in the run up to Remembrance Day, tasking pupils to produce two courses with a First or Second World War influence.

Entries were then whittled down to ten students, who cooked for the judges in the final.

Mr Morrison said: “We were blown away by the girls’ skills.

“We were so impressed with Luci’s dessert that we couldn’t go away without knowing more about how she created it. It was rich, tasty and comforting, and bang on target with the competition theme.

“It’s just the sort of thing our customers would love.”