Now that the government has announced the roadmap out of lockdown, we have decided to extend our deadline for entries this year from Friday 26th March to Friday 14th May.

Many schools have been working on the competition as part of their online learning but some have not finished the work yet. With all that is expected of schools to Easter with testing and social distancing, we feel the March deadline wouldn't give schools the time they deserve to finish off their entries. The new deadline, a month into the summer term, gives schools a chance to hopefully run cook offs and choose the best 3 entries to put through for judging.

NB If you have finished your entries by Easter, we'd be delighted to receive them.

We plan to run a Midcounties and Southern final after 21st June when all restrictions have been lifted. Dates and venues tbc. This will be a great chance for the best cooks in each county to cook their locally inspired dishes in front of a panel of judges to win a trophy, prize money, goody bags and their recipes professionally styled and photographed.

We have produced some worksheets to help young cooks work through the competition. We hope these might be helpful to focus young cooks at home or in school.

Download worksheet 1 which includes 4 tasks:

1) Find your local ingredients
2) Learn where food comes from
3) Why buy local?
4) What's in season

Download worksheet 2 which includes 2 tasks :

5) Globally inspired, locally sourced
6) Recipe mood board

Download worksheet 3 which includes 3 tasks:

7) Choose your recipes and evaluate
8) Write up your menu
9) Tell us your story

These worksheets are based on a workbook shared with us by a food teacher in Oxfordshire who ran the competition with her years 8 & 9 a few years ago. The last worksheet with entry form details will be posted nearer the final deadline.

If you follow us on social media, we have been giving tips and hints on filling in the worksheets. Coming up, we'll be celebrating the brilliant young talent we have discovered over their years profiling young cooks and sharing their recipes.

Supporting our local farmers and food producers has never been more important as we move post BREXIT and climate change becomes more of an issue. Young cooks are telling us they care about the planet and it's one of the main reasons they want to buy more local food. Last year's Gloucestershire winners Emma and Jemima from Denmark Road High School designed a menu that focused on ingredients from within 10 miles of their school in Gloucester. They told us why:

“We think buying local food is immensely important, as it reduces our carbon footprint, by having less food miles. Climate change is a huge issue in today's society and transportation such as planes, cars, any type of vehicle will increase a carbon footprint. With minimal food miles, minimal impact on the planet and great tasting produce, local food a great option to choose.

We wanted our key ingredients to come from within a 10mile radius of our school as climate change is important to us. Our plum jam uses Blaisdon plums from the village just outside Gloucester and is made by Sarah Churchill of Artisan Kitchen 1 mile from our school. Our Double Gloucester cheese and Harefield cheese for our pesto are from Smarts cheesemakers which is about 5 miles from our school.”

Educating young people about the connections between what they buy and the future of the planet is important and through the Create & Cook Competition the next generation is really making this link. Noah from Bredon School sums up:

" I have learnt local food is good for me, my community and the planet"

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