The search is on for the next generation of fine chefs as Kent’s official school cookery contest is now open for entries.
Primary and secondary school pupils can take part in the annual Kent Cooks competition, and key partners Chequers Kitchen Cookery School, Deal are keen to embark on the culinary quest.
Stephanie Hayman of Chequers, said: “We believe it is so important for young people to learn how to prepare fresh, healthy meals, and there is nothing more satisfying than sharing these skills with friends and families.”
She added: “We are delighted to join the judging panel for Kent Cooks and we cannot wait to see what lovely recipes the young chefs have created, how beautifully they’ll be presented, and most importantly, just how delicious they are going to taste!”
Young chefs aged 19 and under are eligible for nomination, in which they are encouraged to produce a healthy recipe to a set budget.
The incorporation of locally sourced ingredients, showing exceptionally attention to detail, and offering a range of flavours will further impress the Kent Cooks judges.
Nominations must be received by Tuesday, November 1 and all applicants are required to submit a photograph of their competitive dishes along with a recipe card.
The Masterchef-style contest provides three categories – primary, secondary and family – which requires chefs to prepare and produce either a single or two dishes.
Pupils successful in the competition will be invited to prepare their dishes at a VIP lunch where they will compete for a share of the £500 prize money.
The winning primary pupil will claim £50, whilst £100 will be awarded to the family winner. The secondary pupil will receive £150 and the Kent Cooks overall champion will land a £200 cash prize.
Lisa Craig, events manager at the KM Charity Team which organises Kent Cooks, said: “Chequers and Kent Cooks share a common goal in getting children enthused about preparing delicious food and honing in on skills which will aid them throughout their lives. We are thrilled to have their support.”
Chequers Kitchen Cookery School will be part of the judging panel which includes fellow key partners Suzanne Howe Communications, Paul Babra, Three R’s Teacher Recruitment, Orbit South, Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel, Licensing Consultancy Services, FFK Catering Equipment, S.E. Medical and Golding Vision (Part of Golding Homes).
For more information and to submit a nomination, visit www.kentcooks.co.uk