We are delighted to announce the winners and runners up in the Gloucestershire part of our competition who are through to the Midcounties regional final on 3rd July. So many talented cooks took part, all with their personal menus focusing local Gloucestershire produce. There was some really lovely work on researching and exploring local ingredients with visits to trout farms, flour mills, honey producers etc. Everyone enjoyed taking part and said they learnt so much about local food and will now continue to support their local farmers and producers now they understand how important it is to "buy local" due to food miles, keeping money within the local economy and supporting farmers who keep the countryside alive.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE FINALISTS AND WINNERS from Thursday 17thMay at Gloucestershire College, Cheltenham

JUDGES - Gareth Fulford, award winning chef from Purslane in Cheltenham, Georgia Gaston and Kiran Chand from Midcounties Co-operative and Min Raisman, organiser of the competition and Director of fit2cook food education

GLOUCESTERSHIRE WINNERS -through to regional final
Jasmine Bate & Emily Voyce, Stroud High School, Stroud
Homemade Scotch egg with tartare sauce and salad
Strawberry tartlets

GLOUCESTERSHIRE RUNNERS UP - through to regional final
Sophia Torris and Lottie Oliver, The Cotswold School, Bourton-on-the-Water
Glos trout stuffed with mint & almonds wrapped in bacon
Summer fruit pavlova

Nellie Thompson & Elizabeth Smith, Pittville School, Cheltenham
Chicken kebabs with honey & soy marinade with homemade tortilla wraps & salad
Trio of own honey inspired deserts – meringues, chocolate mousse & fruit tart

Jack Markey and Amelie Reid, Dene Magna School, Mitcheldean
Red pesto salmon with homemade tagliatelle
Orange & almond cake with berries & caramel


Callum and Henry from Crypt School – Best Summer Menu – wild boar kebabs with homemade BBQ sauce and summer fruit pavlova

Abigail and Natalie, Maidenhill School – Best work on local food product – Natalie’s eggs – Early summer risotto and mini strawberry pavlovas

Will and Josh, Chosen Hill School – Best quote on why learn to cook – chicken wrapped in bacon with asparagus; rhubarb and apple crumble with custard

Hannah and Oliver, Farmor’s School – Best personal culinary story - Thai chicken curry; lime and ginger cheesecake

Millie and Celia, Cotswold School – Most original themed menu – Jacks beans wrapped in bacon, poached egg and sourdough; Fee, fie, foe fum chicken skewers with tomato & garlic dip

Emma and Liam, Archway School – Best presented entry form– pork fillet with rosemary mash and asparagus; mini lemon cheesecake with raspberry coulis

David and Holly, Dean Academy – Best on "why buy local" information – homemade beef ravioli and pot of lemon cheesecake

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