There was a warm welcome for all at Derby Grammar School’s Spring Market last weekend. Visitors were tempted by delicious food stalls, beautiful jewellery and individual gifts, whilst being entertained by guest chef Ben Peverall, who treated everyone to master cookery displays.

Arranged by the Parent Teacher Association, the Spring Market attracted visitors from all over Derbyshire who browsed over 25 stalls from local producers and crafters.

Throughout the event, which ran from 10am to 3pm, visitors were also entertained by the Junior School Choir and our award-winning Barbershop Choir, as well as GCHQ, a jazz quartet formed by Year 9 pupil George Hilliam.

Local executive chef Ben Peverall treated visitors to two cookery demonstrations throughout the event. Ben is head chef at The Cow at Dalbury Lees, a luxury boutique inn which also offers a menu of stunning, locally sourced food.

He demonstrated a Thai sea bass dish and a white chocolate mousse dessert. Both attracted large audiences, who enjoyed speaking to Ben, learning from him and tasting his creations at the end of the demonstrations.

Commenting on the event, Ben said: “This is the second time I’ve taken part in the Spring Market. I really enjoy both the event and sharing my love of cooking with such an engaged audience.”

Ben rounded off his day by judging the Cake Off! competition. With a record number of entries across the three categories it was a tough job. Congratulations to this year’s winners: Sam Cross (junior category), George Euston (senior category) and Jenny Baldwin (adult category).

The event raised funds for Derby Grammar Schools PTA, money which is invested back into the school on projects suggested by the pupils through their School Council.

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