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Bored students make fine-dining plates of food – out of baked beans


Who knew beans could be so fancy? (Picture: SWNS)

Bored school pupils have used their time in lockdown to come up with some stunning culinary creations – using beans.

Students at Frome College were challenged to plate up beans and toast in an ‘exciting and imaginative way’. And they did not disappoint.

The results were extraordinary, and several of the creative youngsters turned the simple dish into a meal that would not look out of place at a gourmet restaurant.

First place was awarded to year nine student Gil Privett, who fashioned ‘beautifully-plated swans’ out of pieces of toast and placed them on a plate-sized pool of beans.

Year nine pupil Ashleigh Gahagan came second for his swirling butterfly beans on toast, garnished with basil and ‘jus de haricot’.

Year nine pupil Ashleigh Gahagan came second for his swirling butterfly beans on toast, garnished with basil and ‘jus de haricot’ (Picture: Frome College/SWNS.COM)
Third place was given to fellow year nine student Cameron Vince (Picture: Frome College/SWNS.COM)

Third place was given to fellow year nine student Cameron Vince for his ‘professional and well-thought-out presentation’.

The secondary school in Frome, Somerset, said the response to the competition had been fantastic and that the standards had been extremely high.

The idea behind the challenge came from design technology teacher Emily McMunn who offered to donate the winner’s height in tins of beans to the Frome foodbank.

Very chefy (Picture: Frome College/SWNS.COM)
The bean juice surrounded by delicately placed grated cheese is a touch of genius (Picture: Frome College/SWNS.COM)

Ms McMunn said she set the competition to keep year nine and ten students motivated and to let them ‘practice plating up in a professional way’.

She adds: ‘The response was fantastic with Gil Privett in year nine winning first prize for his beautifully plated swans.

‘I said to the students that I would donate the winner’s height in beans to the Frome foodbank.

First place was awarded to year nine student Gil Privett, who fashioned ‘beautifully-plated swans’ out of pieces of toast (Picture: Frome College/SWNS.COM)
Another modern, abstract design (Picture: Frome College/SWNS.COM)

‘He is 160cm tall, so that equates to around 15 tins.’

A spokesperson for the school said: ‘We are delighted with the effort and enthusiasm shown by them all.’

Maybe it’s time you took your lockdown breakfast to the next level – you might want to start watching MasterChef for inspiration.

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