TWO students from a north Hampshire school wowed judges with their culinary skills.

Year 8 students, Mae Wells, 12 and Abi Stanford, 13, from The Clere School, in Earlstone Common, Burghclere, were the winners of the “S” Word cookery competition.

Participants worked in pairs to plan and cook a two-course menu, using locally produced and seasonal food, for under £8.

They were judged by Rosemary Weech, from Newbury-based Rosemary and Thyme Catering, and Jane Staunton, from Jane Staunton Catering, in Hermitage, Berkshire.

The winning menu cooked up by the pair saw judges tuck into a butternut squash soup with soda bread and venison sausages with seasonal mashed potato.

Organised by Education Business Partnership West Berkshire, theaim was to teach children a variety of skills and raise interest in the importance of healthy food.