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The Create and Cook Competition

The Create and Cook Competition

Fit2cook food education runs The Create & Cook Competition giving budding young cooks the opportunity to create their own menus inspired by the produce grown and produced around them.  As well as nurturing young talent and developing cookery skills, The Create & Cook Competition challenges young people to explore the key issues of sustainability, seasonality and animal welfare. 

The Create & Cook Competition is open to all 13-14 year olds ( years 8 and 9) in secondary schools in Hampshire, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight and NEW for 2016, schools in Brighton and Hove. Entering through their school food technology department in pairs, young cooks are asked to design a 2 course menu using as many local ingredients as possible. We hope they will explore their local farmers markets, farm shops, gardens and allotments to search out their local flavours.  Find out more from your food technology teacher or see pupil and teacher notes in our Teacher Resources area below.

We have discovered so many talented young cooks over the last 8 years. We have been inspired by their imaginative menus, impressed with their cool heads under pressure and we've loved tasting their delicious food!  To see their winning dishes visit our recipes page and see last year's brilliant young cooks in action go to our videos.

Congratulations to Ryan and Scott from Bay House School in Gosport who  won our 2016 Competition on 21st June with their home made goat sausages and liqourice and rhubarb panna cottas. Fanastic skill and variety of home grown and local produce used - well done boys!

Fit2cook is very grateful to our sponsor The Southern Co-operative for helping us develop this innovative and popular Competition and to all our supporters across the South - Hampshire Fare, Hampshire Farmers Markets, Newlyns Cookery School, SEASON cookery school, Field & Fork, Drakes in Brighton, The Little Gloster and Wightlink.  Without you all this Competition would not happen so from fit2cook food education and all the young cooks across the South, thank you!

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The Create and Cook Competition is kindly sponsored by