Celebrate local food & nurture young talent

We've launched the 2021 Create & Cook Competition. Closing date for entries is Friday 26th March 2021.

Now that schools are closed, we're helping schools run our competition as part of their online learning. Young cooks can also enter on their own, they don't have to enter through school. If you want to take part let us know here

How we're supporting schools and young cooks this term:

1) Step by step guide on how to enter on this website - visit the county pages for competition guidelines
2) Worksheets available via our news page
3) Weekly challenges leading young cooks through the competition across our social media

We're here to support schools as much as we can over the next few months. But we do hope by the summer term we'll all be back so some normality and we can run face to face finals for the best entries.

The Create & Cook Competition is a fun project for schools focusing on local food. The competition is open to 12-14 year olds (years 8 and 9) in secondary schools in Hampshire, Sussex, Isle of Wight, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Shropshire. The brief is to work in pairs and create a two course menu using as many locally produced ingredients as possible. The competition challenges pupils to learn about where their food comes from and explore the key issues of seasonality and sustainability. Young cooks enter the competition through their school.

"I learnt local food is good for me, my community and the planet" Noah, Bredon School, Tewkesbury,

Get started here..

Please choose the appropriate section below followed by your area to get started, good luck!

Young Cooks

This section is for pupils to find out about the competition process, to be inspired by winning recipes and our fantastic gallery of photos.

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This section is for teachers to find out about the competition process and download useful resources such as poster and certificates.

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This section features a wide selection of our previous winning recipes. Be inspired by the excellent creativity and skill shown and perhaps next year it could be your recipes featured on our site!

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