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The Create & Cook Competition is run by Min Raisman from fit2cook food education. Previously Min was an award winning producer on BBC Radio Four's Food Programme and helped run the prestigious BBC Food and Farming Awards.

Min set up the Create & Cook Competition in Hampshire in 2009 with top local chef Andy Mackenzie and home economist Davina Tibbetts. Their aim was to encourage young cooks to discover their local food and to develop the next generation's cooking skills. Over the years the competition has attracted many like-minded sponsors and supporters, all keen to promote local food and nurture young talent. With their help, the competition has grown from strength to strength and is now open to schools in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, as well as schools in Hampshire, Sussex and the Isle of Wight.

For 2019 we are sponsored in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire by Best of our Counties from the Coop Midcounties and supported by Gloucester College, Gloucester Services, Fresh & Local farmers markets, NFU, Brookes Restaurant Cookery School, The White Hart at Fyfield, Thames Valley Farmers Markets, Good Food Oxford.

Along the South Coast in Hampshire, Sussex and the Isle of Wight for 2019 we are sponsored by Natures Way Foods and are supported by Hampshire Farmers Markets, Hampshire Fare, Exclusive Chefs Academy, Newlyns Cookery School, Wightlink and the Little Gloster.

"Every year we discover new talented young cooks who introduce us to their local ingredients. These young cooks are passionate about cooking and show real skill in the kitchen. They care about supporting their local food producers and farmers and want to look after the rural environment where they live. The future of our local food economy and the health of the nation is in their hands. That's why I believe we must educate and nurture the younger generation of cooks." Min Raisman, organiser of the Create & Cook Competition and Director of fit2cook food education

fit2cook food education runs the Create & Cook Competition as well as other food projects for primary and secondary schools across the South. Working with food companies fit2cook designs and delivers innovative food education projects which teach children where their food comes from and promotes cooking. www.fit2cook.co.uk

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