Young cooks

The Competition Journey

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Please follow steps 1 -4 to enter the competition and then fill in our entry form.

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Step 1

Find Local Ingredients

This competition is all about using local ingredients. We want you to search out food that is grown in Oxfordshire. You might find interesting ingredients in your local farm shop, your farmers market or even in your back garden. Home grown vegetables and fruit count as local ingredients. You must use at least 2 locally sourced ingredients in your menu and one from the Best of our Counties list - see below. Start with key local ingredients and then create your menu around them. You'll then have a brilliant entry.

For ideas on where to find local food in Oxfordshire try these websites:

Oxfordshire Farmers' Markets

Good Food Oxford - where to find good food

Step 1 Tips for Young Cooks (click to view)

Step 2

Step 2

Create your menu

To create your menu you must design:

  1. 2 course menu using at least 2 local ingredients and one from the Best of our Counties list
  2. your menu must have a summer theme as we hope to hold finals in the summer. Try and use ingredients that are in season in May & June
  3. you have 90 minutes to cook your 2 dishes and you should cook 2 portions of each dish.
  4. you have a budget of £25 for ingredients. If you get through to the final we give you money for ingredients.

Have fun being creative...

Step 2 Tips for Young Cooks (click to view)

Step 3

Step 3

Cook your recipes

For 2021 cooking the recipes is not essential. We know for many schools cooking is difficult with social distancing in place.

Once you've designed your menu, write out your recipes and have fun cooking them. Make sure your recipes work and adapt them if they don't. Now is the time to refine your ideas and add some little extras. You need enough for two portions of each dish. Think about the presentation of your dishes too.

    Step 3 Tips for Young Cooks (click to view)

    Step 4

    Step 4

    Tell us your story

    The judges want to know the story behind your menu. Why did you choose your menu? Is there a personal connection to one of your local ingredients? Are you using a tried and tested family recipe? We also want to know a bit more about your love of cooking and who inspired you?

    Now you need to fill in the entry form and your teacher will send it off to us. Good luck!

      Step 4 Tips for Young Cooks (click to view)

      Step 5

      Be Inspired

      Here are recipes from past finalists that have a summer theme and use lots of local ingredients. They were created and cooked by young cooks just like you.

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