RHS Great British Menu

Senior School

Your dish must tell a story and reflect an inspirational woman historical or still alive (known to many – not family member or friend)”
The Brief

This years' RHS Great British Menu saw a mouth-watering range of dishes devised by Year 7 and 8 students inspired by an inspirational woman of their choice. Year 7 were tasked with creating and presenting a delicious starter for one, and Year 8 made and presented a dessert.

The food was judged on interpretation of the brief, creativity, taste, skill and presentation. The standard was incredible and we were blown away by the quality of submissions from all entrants. Huge congratulations to all, and especially to the winners:

Florence (Winner of RHS Great British Menu Y7)

"Frida Kahlo was a massive inspiration for my dish, partially because in 2018 my mum directed and produced the closing event, at the Victoria and Albert museum, a show called ‘Corrido’. When my mum was working on this show, I got to know Frida Kahlo quite a bit and learn about her life and accomplishments. She really inspired me with her strength and overcoming of many life-changing obstacles including polio as a child and a nearly fatal accident in her later life. Frida expressed her pain and loss through her exquisite artwork, but she also expressed her joy. My dish, being Mexican, represented her heritage, but the greenness of it reflected herself and the environment around her. Many of her portraits were drawn full of life and nature, as surrounding her house was a glorious garden full of greenery and wildlife, Frida adored the garden and it seemed fitting to choose a dish that represented that."

Ella (winner of RHS Great British Menu Y8)

"For my dessert, I was inspired by Serena Williams who is a very famous tennis player. It included a white chocolate mousse, a strawberry coulis and a shortbread and mint crumb all as different layers in a glass. For the decoration, I made a tennis racket out of white chocolate. I chose the flavours of white chocolate and strawberry because Wimbledon is famous for serving strawberries and cream at the tennis matches; Serena has won 7 Wimbledon tournaments!"

Mathilda, Year 8 - 2nd place

Inspirational woman: Michelle Obama
Dessert: Chocolate fondants with fresh fruit and cream on the side

Amelie, Year 8 - 3rd place

Inspirational woman: Katherine Johnson (NASA)
Dessert: Chocolate dome filled with avocado and chocolate mousse with meringue. Stunning presentation to look like a space scene!