The heat is on for young cooks in competition final

The heat is on for young cooks in competition final

Four young duos representing Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Sussex will be battling it out for the champion’s trophy on Thursday 26 June at the regional final of the Create and Cook competition, to be judged by the current BBC2 Masterchef; The Professionals champion, Steven Edwards.

Representing Hampshire, Abigail Jenkinson and Freya Body (both aged 14) from Applemore Technology College near Southampton and runners up Sofia Moya and Alex Clothier (both 14) from Robert May’s School in Odiham will be competing in the competition’s cook off final against Sussex county winners Lily Collins (13) and Keely Samain (13) from The Academy in Selsey and Isle of Wight winners Joe Doncaster (14) and Alice Hyde (13) from Sandown Bay Academy. This is being held at Newlyns Cookery School near Hook.

The Create & Cook Competition, which aims to celebrate local food and nurture young talent, is run by fit2cook food education and sponsored by The Southern Co-operative. Each duo will be cooking a two course menu using ingredients inspired by and sourced from their home county. The competition also challenges young cooks to think about sustainability and how they can support local farmers and producers through their choice of menu.

Judging the competition will be BBC2 Masterchef: The Professionals 2013 champion, Head Chef Steven Edwards at the Camellia Restaurant in West Sussex; Chief Operating Officer for Food Retail at The Southern Co-operative, Phil Ponsonby; Executive Chef Andy MacKenzie at Exclusive’s Chefs’ Academy in Hampshire; Isle of Wight producer Nuala Grandcourt of Wild island Dressings and Chef Hannah Westcott from Newlyns Cookery School. Steven, who has been involved in the Create and Cook competition for the past three years, said: “In this final I am looking for a winner who demonstrates how they’re involved with the food journey from field to plate as well as using technique to get the most from their chosen ingredients.”

The champions will be awarded £1000 for their school food technology department and also have their recipes professional styled and photographed. Last year the competition was won by Dan Moya and Chris McLennan from Robert May’s School in Odiham. This year’s winning recipes will be available at: