Mount Charles is on the hunt to find Northern Ireland’s best young chefs as it launches the third annual Big School Cook Off Competition.
Run in association with the Irish News and supported by Business in the Community, The Mount Charles Big School Cook Off in partnership with SuperValu, is open to all post primary school pupils across Northern Ireland and Donegal, aged between 11 and 14.
The competition aims to give children insight into the hospitality industry and encourages them to consider a career in foodservice.
Teams of two are asked to submit a main course recipe idea that feeds two, focusing on locally sourced ingredients that can be bought on a budget of £5 or euro equivalent. Shortlisted entries will be invited to a regional heat in January where the duo will cook their recipe, with regional winners progressing through to the grand finale in March, at Belfast Met’s Titanic Quarter Campus.
“We were thrilled with the number of entries last year and are calling on schools that haven’t taken part yet, to grab their aprons and join the fun,” said Caitriona Lennox, Mount Charles business development and retention manager.
“Feedback from participating schools has been amazing. Teachers have told us that the competition noticeably boosted their pupils’ self-esteem and gave them so much more confidence in their cooking ability.”
The deadline for entries is 9th November. Enter at irishnews.com/bigschoolcookoff.