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We have the finalists for the Black Box challenge.

The semi-finals were held this week for the schools at Algoz and Almancil. The judges had to choose a team from each school to go through to the final at the Conrad Algarve Resort in Quinta da Lago, Almancil, Portugal. The final takes place today.

The judges were set a very difficult task as the chefs from both schools produce a superb range of food to tickle the palate. It was so difficult to choose that with the marking sheets showing a draw, the decision was made on a show of hands.

In Almancil Pedro’s team went through to the final with a menu of goat’s cheese tart, Bacalhau and lime mousse. However the alternative menu of goat’s cheese and walnut salad, veal steak and crocante was not to be missed (pictures).

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Pedro’s Team

In Algoz School, Erica’s team took the honours but Catia’s team gave them a run for their money. The judges had a surprise start with interesting appetisers from both teams. The winning menu of melted goats cheese, pork medallions and sweet potato, with a delicious rice pudding to finish just took the edge over codfish salad, tuna steak and orange cake (pictures). The judges swore they would not eat for a week!

Winning Team

Erica’s Team

Well done all the teams you are all winners!

Good Luck Pedro and Erica! Hope you find inspiration in the blackbox of ingredients.

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