The McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year competition is back for 2018 and is on the hunt for schools looking to take part.
Now in its fourth year, the competition tasks a team of three enthusiastic 7-11 year olds to come up with a sweet or savoury recipe using local ingredients for a chance to win £1,000 worth of equipment for their school kitchen. And for the first time, this year, the four runners up will win £250 worth of equipment for their school kitchen.
“It is really important to us that the McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year competition helps develop children’s cooking skills, in addition to educating them on where ingredients come from,” says Mark Taylor, customer controller at Premier Foods.
Schools have until 31st March to register their interest at the Premier Foods website, where they will receive a McDougalls toolkit within seven days, including product samples (the recipe must include one McDougalls Flour Based Mixes), an application form and recipe inspiration. Recipes must be submitted by 4th May and the live final will take place at LACA the Main Event on 12th July. Teams will be judged by Carol Harwood, representing LACA; Andrew Green, representing the Craft Guild of Chefs; and Mark Rigby, executive chef at Premier Foods.
Last year the competition was won by Chapter House Preparatory School. Sarah Middlemiss, their school chef, who worked with the team of young cook through the process, said: “We were delighted to be crowned the champions of the 2017 competition. Our recipe was inspired by our school tradition of serving meringues with berries for our school birthday celebrations, and also by our delicious home grown strawberries from the school’s very own vegetable garden. The experience has been invaluable for the children and I would encourage everyone to take part. The children have not only learnt new cooking and teamwork skills, but they have had fun in the process. Good luck to all the 2018 entrants!”