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Lloyd, 16, joins the cream of cordon bleu cookery.

A SPLOTT schoolboy has been accepted on to one of the most prestigious cookery courses in the world.

Sixteen-year-old Lloyd Pinder, a pupil at Willows High School, loved cooking since he was a small child and his family would spend their time in the kitchen.

Nominated by his GCSE catering tutor Rhoda Williams, Lloyd will take up Le Grande Diplome in September 2013 at Le Cordon Bleu International Flagship Institute, on Bloomsbury Square in London.

The honour came as a surprise, as 17-year-old Abigail Watson, from Sevenoaks, had already claimed a scholarship at the new institute.

"Words could not describe how it felt when they said I won a scholarship too. When Abigail won we were all so happy," he said.

"When I heard I'd been awarded a second scholarship, I nearly cried."

Lloyd said that as well as a practical cooking test - in which he made a salmon with nutmeg potato dish and an apple tarte tatin with creme Anglais - he had to complete a question and answer test about Le Cordon Bleu school.

"We didn't have a recipe to follow, just the ingredients and the notes we took down from the demonstration," he said.

"They must've been impressed with my standard of cooking."

Abigail and Lloyd were chosen from eight 16 to 19-year-old finalists of a national Le Cordon Bleu scholarship competition.

The scholarship, worth more than pounds 30,000, includes accommodation in central London for the duration of the nine-month Grand Diplome.

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Date:Feb 24, 2012
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