TWO young Farnworth chefs triumphed at a cookery competition.

Alicia Bramwell and Abbie Davies, pupils at St James High School in Farnworth, were judged to be the winning pair at the MasterChef-style contest at Bury College.

Students from high schools across Greater Manchester travelled to the college to take part in the competition, and were tasked with making two meals with seasonal produce using a budget of just £10.

The competition was judged by professional chefs including Matthew Rowntree of Whitefield-based Slattery’s, along with representatives of the college and Bury Council.

The judges were bowled over by their dish of chicken wrapped in Parma ham stuffed with garlic cheese, followed by spiced apple meringue pie with berry coulis.

Alicia, aged 12, said: “I enjoyed taking part and I can’t get over the shock of winning.”

Abbie, also aged 12, added: “It took a lot of hard work and messy kitchens but we got there in the end.”

Other schools that took part included Sharples School, Oulder Hill Community School in Rochdale, Middleton Technology School, Fearns Community Sports College in Bacup and and Mount St Joseph Business and Enterprise Centre in Farnworth.