YOUNG farmers from Herefordshire had another successful in a national cookery competition as they were crowned champions.

The successful trio of Hope Farndon, Molly Watts and Daisy Jones, from clubs in Dilwyn and the Golden Valley, picked up the award at the 2019 National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs (NFYFC) national cookery finals.

They were all ecstatic to win the top award and, like last year, have been doing a lot of rehearsals in Daisy's mum's kitchen.

Hope, 26, who was the senior member of last year's winning team, said: "I can't believe it, we are so excited to have won, we have been practising three times a week for over a month.

"We took inspiration for the plating from a friend with a catering business which paid off as we also won the award for best plating presentation."

The brief for the competition at the Three Counties Showground in September was ' four-course meal suitable for the Rare Breed Survival Trust gala dinner.

Judges, former Masterchef finalists Ben Axford and Jay Halford, said they were both "blown away" with what was achieved by YFC members in just one hour, with no electricity and only the use of two gas camping rings.

The team admitted they had set themselves a huge challenge with the menu, which included a fish course of pan seared scallops, pancetta roses, crumbled haggis, samphire, lemon sabayon, crispy fried seaweed and squid ink tuille.

When asked if the team would be looking to make it a hat trick next year, Daisy, 18, said: "Although this was Herefordshire A's second consecutive win, it was by no means an easy one.

"The Welsh teams are incredibly strong and we only beat Brecknock by half a point."