The scout hut in Green Lane smelt good as six teams of dedicated youngsters prepared their favourite dishes under the watchful eye of a master chef.

Windsor and Eton Scout District was hosting its annual cooking competition as the six teams of four scouts from across Datchet and Windsor commandeered the two gas burners to produce a three course meal that cost less than a tenner and took just an hour to prepare. They even managed to wash and put away all the cooking equipment before the judges tasted the results.

Chef Mike Pearce has been judging the competition for 23 years and was joined this year by PCSO Les Bradfield, a master chef from some of London's top restaurants who now runs a food academy for local children.

They coached the teams as they cooked before announcing the winners.

Third place went to Central Windsor boys team. The runners-up were from the 12th Windsor scouts and the winners of this year's competition were an all girls team from Central Windsor scouts - a great result on International Women's Day.

They came up with a Mexican fiesta consisting of Mexican Bean Soup, chilli con carne with guacamole and tortilla chips and sopapilla (Mexican cheesecake) for dessert.

Central Windsor Scout Group is planning to launch a second scout troop in Green Lane, for boys and girls aged 11 to 13. If you are aged 18 or over and would like to help start the new troop please contact Peter Archibald, Group Scout Leader on 01753 830944.