It might not have been MasterChef but students gathered at Georgian College in Barrie on Friday to take part in a soup challenge.

Teams of young chefs from Simcoe County, Durham and Muskoka created their best original soup for the Students4Soup Challenge and on Friday judges had their say.

“The soups, every one of the, was really, really good. They seemed to put in a lot of effort and thought behind what they were going to do and plate. Plating was really good, I was really impressed with all of them,” said Ivars Rasa who was judging the competition.

Members of the winning team receive a one semester scholarship to the culinary program at Georgian College. Students were judged on presentation and flavour as well as the use of local ingredients.

“We wanted to get them engaged in the conversation because this may influence their eating patterns and them twice about where their food comes from,” says organizer Marica Woods.

Shavonne Holder from Twin Lakes Secondary School in Orillia says the local food aspect was her favourite part of the competition.

“It was really fun trying to figure out what ingredients we could use because it had to be local ingredients so it was interesting to learn more about what’s in the community in this season.”

In the end it was a team from Brock with their sweet potato and caramelized apple soup who took the top prize.

While just one team won the scholarship, the top three soups will be served at restaurants local to the schools for the month of January and one soup will be served at the Georgian College dining room in Barrie.