The Create and Cook Competition is a fun teenage cookery competition for schools in Hampshire, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight that aims to celebrate local food and discover young talent.
Run by fit2cook food education and generously sponsored by The Southern Co-operative, The Create and Cook Competition challenges keen young cooks to create a two course menu using as many local ingredients as possible. Visiting their local farmers markets, farm shops and school allotments, the young cooks have fun creating menus with a flavour of where they live.
The 2012 Create and Cook Competition finalists used fantastic local ingredients such as Solent scallops, wild South Downs venison, Sussex Charmer cheese, Rosary Goats cheese, South Coast sea bass and vegetables, berries and herbs from their own gardens.
The overall winners of The 2012 Create and Cook Competition were Beata and Emily from The Mountbatten School in Romsey, Hampshire. Their perfectly cooked menu was a Goats cheese and red onion tart with a watercress, beetroot and walnut salad followed by a crème brulee with homemade shortbread and home grown berries. The final was held in the summer at Newlyns Farm Cookery School near Hook in Hampshire.
This autumn fit2cook food education will launch The 2013 Create and Cook Competition which will invite all 12-14 year olds in secondary schools in the Isle of Wight as well as Hampshire and West Sussex to take part in this innovative Competition. Entering through their school food technology departments we hope to discover some brilliant new young cooks who will be showcasing their local ingredients. Closing date for entries Easter 2013. To see the winners and finalists’ recipes visit www.fit2cook.co.uk/recipes.