Celebrate local food & nurture young talent

The 2020 Competition winners and their locally inspired recipes are on our news page. Thank you to everyone who went the extra mile to enter from home while schools were closed. We had some really great entries from lots of talented young cooks all keen to share and support their local producers - fabulous work in difficult times.

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

News on the 2021 Competition coming soon.......

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.

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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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