It was perhaps inevitable that in these challenging times, being prevented from visiting beloved local restaurants and cafes, witnessing the absence of the wider family at celebratory meals and ceremonial events, the communal spirit of sharing food became more important to us all. We re-connected and fell back in love with home-cooking. Meanwhile, The Friends of Dulwich College began exploring the idea of a charity cookbook and, in collaboration with the Art Department, set the theme of ‘Cook!’ for this year's Lower School House Art Competition. As ever, the outpouring of creativity from our future young artists was overwhelming. The cornucopia of food illustrations served up in a diverse and occasionally unexpected range of approaches were at times simply mouth-watering. As you might expect, the competition was hard fought and it was almost impossible to separate the winning entries.
For starters, Third Prize went to the witty yet professional-looking digital illustration of noodle soup, rustled up by Hugo Jopling (Year 8). Employing incredible attention to detail and use of intense colour, Zishan Ismail (Year 7) got his just desserts, winning Second Prize for a deliciously executed watercolour rendition of a cupcake, drawing inspiration from the to the flavoursome paintings of Wayne Thiebaud. But, who could resist giving First Prize to Romi Carni (Year 7) for his portrayal of the iconic Barry Buildings, made entirely from chopped and sliced vegetables. The famous towers, cornices and round-headed sash windows were re-imagined with surprising accuracy using carrots, celery, rice, olives and all manner of other chef's ingredients. Not only a visual treat, but also a heart-healthy option too thanks to all those yummy 'Heritage' salad varieties! We were so impressed by our young Alleynians' hard work and commitment to their lockdown creativity. Congratulations to all the winners and to the many boys who were 'highly commended'.
The overall winning House was Howard.
(Banner image: First Prize, Romi Carni (Year 7)