Kilmore Cub Scouts present their desserts to judges during the finale of the MasterChef challenge. ​

Kilmore Cub Scouts hosted the finale of their three-week MasterChef challenge, with 19 children aged seven to 11 battling it out for the overall prize.

Three patrols had previously submitted entrees and main courses, and whipped up desserts including mini pavlovas, homemade chocolate, vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce and lamingtons with fresh raspberry jam for the final challenge.

Grey patrol leader Eamon made sure new trainee leader Shawn knew not to split the mixture when adding eggs, having practiced the lamington cake recipe the night before. He then delegated the making of the lamington chocolate and raspberry dipping sauces and a fresh raspberry jam.

Red patrol leader Cody made chocolate and vanilla ice cream, with a rich caramel sauce. Chloe and Jackson quickly had the vanilla ice-cream in the mixer, while other patrol members organised the sauce with Wallan Cub leader Glen.

White patrol leader Kobe had practised making mini pavlovas on a recent camp and was determined to do well as the patrol entered the final challenge in third place.

The patrol quickly separated and whipped the eggs and added the final ingredients to make a meringue, piping it into mini pavlovas and getting it into the oven in 20 minutes.

The judges, Loren from sponsor Coles Kilmore, guest Lynne Beaumont, parent Prue Arnott and Ferguson Plarre owner Sarah Meakins, found plenty to like with all of the desserts, with the strawberry jam earning grey patrol a perfect score of 10/10.

With the final scores tallied, it was grey patrol taking out the MasterChef challenge for 2022.

Leader in charge Martin Shaw said a modern Scouting program enabled children from all backgrounds to be creative, design their own adventures and have fun.

“We have also seen a massive increase in parent participation and new leaders volunteering over the last term, this is encouraging, as Scouting is a family activity that is rewarding for all,” he said.

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