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FUTURE CHEF ‘COOK UP A STORM’ YEAR 9 HOSPITALITY AND CATERING CLASS HEAT

I would like to thank Mrs Bennett and Miss Morris for judging the Year 9 Hospitality and Catering Class heat of the Future Chef ‘Cook Up a Storm’ competition this year. They had a tough decision, with a range of high quality dishes to select from and some fairly close final scores. The students worked very hard to plan their two course hot main meal for two people to a budget of £5. I was impressed with how well they worked and some of the more adventurous dishes and creative presentation. Our successful winners going on to the local finals held in Havering Adult College next year are: Emma Groom - first position and Sophie Cullen - reserve. Please congratulate the girls if you see them.

PREMIERE OF CAMPFIRE CREEPERS IN BARCELONA

On the weekend of the 6th-8th October, I had the privilege of going to the premiere of my new Virtual Reality series, Campfire Creepers, in Barcelona. It is directed by Hollywood director, Alexandre Aja, and we are joined in the cast by the amazing Robert Englund who played Freddie Krueger in Nightmare on Elm Street. The series is supported by Samsung and Oculus. This was an amazing experience for me and the rest of the cast as not only did we get to fly out to Spain, we also got to do a press conference and a press photo call too which was incredible. It felt almost surreal due to the amount of press who attended and I was blown away by the reception. Our series tells the story of eight campers who take it in turns to tell urban legends around a campfire, bringing some of their worst nightmares to life. This is the first ever horror series in VR 360 degrees and Alexandre explained at our press launch that he hopes our new concept will catch on and we can pioneer into a potential full first season. We were very surprised and elated with the amount of support and response we got from press and fans, so much so that all the places for first day viewings at the VR cinema sold out within 30 minutes. Watching the piece was truly immersive; you wear a VR goggle headset and you can turn and watch any part of the action at any time. You take off the headset not knowing what's real and what's not. The experience as a whole was phenomenal and working alongside Robert and Alexandre was a pleasure. Robert has the most interesting tales to tell about his long career and also gave me plenty of advice for the future which I will definitely remember for a long time.

Campfire Creepers will be available around Halloween on the Oculus Store.

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