9I preparing on the morning of the competition. Pictures taken by Inaki Braun Simo and Nicolas De Bie.
For this competition we decided to make one of the most well-known types of finger food in the world: the smoked salmon finger sandwich with philadelphia cheese. We received information about the competition on our Daily Bulletin and had a week to prepare after our samples successfully passed the trial.
At first, we had doubts and questions such as ‘Would we even make it through the trial?' or ‘Would students want to buy it?’ But we nevertheless decided to participate as it would be a great opportunity for us to get together as a form and create this joyful memory for the future. Many thanks to our form tutor Ms Maria Pantasoulas, who gave us a lot of helpful support and bought the ingredients with the 150RMB given to us by the Business Studies students running this competition.
Now, let us take a look at how our form worked on the day.
We divided ourselves up into three big groups: salmon-cutting, philadelphia cheese spreading and bread-cutting and we also took pictures. I was amazed at how organised and orderly we were - well not always, as I saw a couple of students sneaking bits of food into their mouths when they thought no one was looking, but still! Finally the entire form arranged the separate elements into a way that was perfectly presentable – then, as if on cue, the bell rang and the job was finished.
As many rushed to their Friday classes, they were still holding bread and bread crusts in their hands whilst others stayed a little longer and munched on all the leftovers - any misconceptions about Ms Pantasoulas’ homemade bread all gone!
It was tremendously fun making the finger-food and was a great opportunity for our form to feel the power of unity. As a result of our hard work, we won the competition! The winner was decided based on which product sold out in the fastest time (we all had to make a batch of 50 to sell at break time) and ours were all sold out in 15 minutes flat! We would like to donate the money we took on the day, along with 10 RMB extra from everyone in the form, to the Migrant School that our students run an ECA for.
Thanks a lot and congratulations to everyone who hosted or participated in this event. Let's keep our fingers crossed that there will be another one in the future!
- Jade Chen and Angelica Ngai from 9I