Teen Chef

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teen chefTeen Chef is an exercise where you have to read some information about a person and then fill in an application form. The exercise is set at an Upper Intermediate Level of English and it is about a teenager who is going to enter a cooking competition in the south of England. One of the judges is Gordon Ramsey who is a famous chef from Scotland.

Teen Chef is a national cookery competition that has taken place for the past three years in the south of England. In the first round of the competition, contestants prepare one dish of their choice, and judges choose the best cooks to go through to the next round. One of the main judges is the famous chef Gordon Ramsey.

Jason Smith and his friend Mark White both love cooking. They recently took part in a local competition called Bake It. Although neither of them won, Jason received very positive comments on his baking. Afterwards, his food technology teacher, Mrs Stockings, suggested that he should think about entering Teen Chef next year. She told him that this competition is for teenagers who are up to 17 years old, and as he is only just 16, it will be the last year he can enter. She suggested that he looked online – www.teenchef.com – to get more information about it. Jason did this and decided to apply. He provided his contact details – jasons@gmail.com – and he then received an application form to fill in.

Jason decided to ask his parents for advice about what he should cook for the first round of the competition. His dad suggested that he should make a pudding that he knows he can do well, such as a strawberry cheesecake. His mum thought that he should try to show off his skills more, and try a more complicated main dish, like a fish pie with herb salad. This would let him cook with fresh, local produce, which is what he likes most of all. In the end, Jason took his dad’s advice, as he realised he would be less nervous, and he wouldn’t need so much equipment. He will take his own set of individual cake tins to use but will ask for a hand mixer to be available at the competition venue.

There is a choice of dates for the first round of the competition: January 12, 23 or 30. Jason is going on a school trip at the very end of the month, and he has an exam in the second week, so the middle date suits him best. He can also choose between two venues: Eastbourne and Brighton. Jason lives at 43 Battle Road, Hastings and this is much closer to Eastbourne. However, his aunt lives at 32 Beach Road, Newhaven and he could stay there the night before, so he thinks that Brighton would be the better option.

Jason has to send in a written statement with his application, saying why he wants to apply. He loves cooking because of the fact that food brings people together, and food is for sharing. His family always eats meals together, which he enjoys. He also has to send in a statement from an adult who can recommend his ability to cook. His teacher and his aunt both offered to do this, but he has decided it would probably look better if the statement comes from his school, rather than a relative.

Imagine you are Jason. Fill in the application form, using the information above.

readingB2 First Use of English and Reading Section

You need to be able to understand a range of texts, including how they are organised and the opinions and attitudes expressed in them. The texts will be from sources familiar to you such as magazines, articles, fiction and advertisements, but targeted at the interests of students.

Students’ use of English will be tested by tasks that show how well they can control their grammar and vocabulary.

For this part, you practice how to understand the details of a text, including opinions and attitudes.

For this part, you practice how to understand the structure and follow the development of a text.

For this part, you practice how to find specific information in a text or texts.

writingB2 First Writing Section

You are required to produce two pieces of writing. The first piece is compulsory and will be an essay of 140-190 words. For the second, you can choose from an article, email/letter, essay, review or report (B2 First for schools the report is replaced with a story) of 140-190 words.

B2 First Listening and Speaking Section

Requires being able to follow and understand a range of familiar spoken materials, such as news programmes, public announcements and other sources, but targeted at the interests of the learners.

In this part you talk to the examiner about yourself and your life, e.g. your name, school, interests and future plans.

In this part, you talk about two photos on your own which you have to compare for about 1 minute. After you have finished, your partner will be asked a short question about your photo. When your partner has spoken about their photos for about 1 minute, you will be asked a question about their photos.

In this part you express ideas with your partner by looking at a discussion point that the examiner gives you.

This will be available soon.

In this part, you focus on general aspects of a topic with the examiner or you may involve your partner.

This will be available soon.

In this part, you will hear people talking in eight different situations.

In this part, you will hear five people talking about different things.

In this part, you will hear an interview.

execisesEspecially helpful are exercises that are focussed on a theme or topic as these provide word retention practise so you can be confident to read, write, speak and listen successfully.

Customs and Traditions explores how we celebrate our cultural identity across the globe.

Entertainment and Leisure explores how we spent our free time.

Environment and Nature explores the way humans and animals live, adapt and change on our planet.

Exploring how different societies create roles for people to develop their skills and knowledge.

Exploring how we learn and adjust to the world around us. .

Exploring how we experience the world through our life journeys

Cambridge English Examinations:

Cambridge English exams are designed for learners at all levels from the pre-intermediate level Cambridge English: Key (KET) to the very advanced level Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE). These exams give candidates proof of their ability to use English in a wide variety of contexts, relevant to work, study and leisure activities.

A2 Key | B1 Preliminary | B2 First