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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 7 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 Tess and Jess from Christ the King College, Newport, Isle of Wight who are our 2015 Champions.The fit2cook trophy stays on the Island for one more year!  This is what they said about their experience of The Create & Cook Competition:

"I remember seeing the Competition advertised at school and thinking that it sounded fun. Jess  and I  entered together and in the try outs realised we cooked well as a team and also really enjoyed it. Living on the Island we had lots of choice of local produce and decided to focus our dishes around local crab and strawberries.  We were so pleased to win the Isle of Wight final and in the  Regional Finals we both felt  really nervous  but were full of adrenaline. The atmosphere was quite relaxed but when the judges walked past, it was a bit  frantic. It was great to have a friend by your side when you felt things weren't going right. We didn't know what to expect and were so ecstatic when we won! As time has passed we are grateful for the experience that fit2cook and the Co-operative gave us. We were even invited to cook at the Garlic Festival in front of a live audience and met top chef Rachel Khoo!"

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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