Create & Cook 2014

Freya and Abi with Masterchef the Professionals Winner and judge – Steven Edwards – chef at South Lodge Hotel, Horsham

Freya and Abi with Masterchef the Professionals Winner and judge – Steven Edwards – chef at South Lodge Hotel, Horsham

Hampshire Farmers’ Markets delighted to see Create and Cook Competition’s support of local produce

Young Hampshire cooks have been busy sourcing local produce and visiting lots of farmers’ markets and farms to find ideas for their award winning dishes. 2014 Create & Cook Competition winners Freya Body and Abigail Jenkinson, both 14 years old, from Applemore Technology College near Southampton found great inspiration in and around the New Forest.  Using chicken from Noah’s Ark Farm,  Lyburn cheese for a parmesan crisp and Eling Tide Mill flour and Lymington berries for their tarts, their winning menu was packed full of local flavours. (See recipe page for Freya’s Chicken Roulade with Pesto)  Exploring produce grown around them was very exciting for these two keen young cooks.

We are delighted to be one of the supporters of the competition and it is great to see Fit2Cook Food Education, who run the Create and Cook Competition encouraging these talented budding young cooks to source and use local produce, giving them a greater understanding of where food comes from, the benefits to the environment and local economy,

Hampshire Farmers’ Markets Business Manager, Alex Handford.

Steve Edwards, current Masterchef the Profesisonals winner and chef at South Lodge Hotel in Horsham was one of the judges.  He is a passionate ambassador of the Create & Cook Competition.  He says “The Create & Cook Competition is not just about cooking but being involved with the food journey from field to plate.  As a judge, I am looking for cooks who demonstrate this understanding as well as using technique to get the most out of their chosen ingredients.”

The Create & Cook Competition is run for 12-14 yr olds in schools across the South by fit2cook food education. Sponsored by The Southern Co-operative, it aims to nurture young talent and celebrate local food. Abi and Freya went on to the Regional Final but were pipped at the post to be the 2014 Champions by Joe and Alice from Sandown Bay Academy on the Isle of Wight.

So if you know of any young cooks who might like to create locally inspired menus, The 2015 Create & Cook Competition is now open – closing date 20th March 2015.  To be eligible you must be 12-14 years old and enter with a friend through your school food technology department.

The Create & Cook Competition is supported in Hampshire by Hampshire Fare, Hampshire Farmers Markets, Exclusive Chefs Academy, Highbury College, BCoT, Aviator and Newlyns Cookery School visit