Ella (14) had the right ingredients for victory

Ella Wolfenden's winning dish
Ella Wolfenden's winning dish

A DELICIOUS dish of Thai beef noodles with side salad and an Asian dressing proved to be a recipe for success for Clitheroe Royal Grammar School pupil Ella Wolfenden, securing her a place in the finals of a prestigious national cookery competition.

Ella (14), of Rimington, beat seven other students to take the North West title in the “Red Tractor Make it with Mince Challenge” for 2010.

Ella Wolfenden and James Martin

Ella Wolfenden and James Martin

She is now in the running to be crowned national champion, with the prize of a visit to the BBC’s “Saturday Kitchen” studios and the opportunity to spend time behind the scenes at an iconic London restaurant.

Entrants were asked to submit their own “original, nutritious and creative” recipes, using beef or lamb mince, together with a photograph of the finished dish. Competitors were asked to supply a method, time plan and cost breakdown within a strict budget of £10.

Celebrity chef and competition judge James Martin said: “This has been the biggest and best year of the competition so far. We’ve had over 800 entries and Ella has done exceptionally well to be named Regional Champion. Her recipe was original, nutritious and presented really well and, more importantly, it tasted great!”

Ella was delighted with the win and explained: “It’s been an amazing experience. James Martin and his team were really friendly which made the day really special and now I’m just keeping my fingers crossed for the next stage.”