6th February 2018 – Last call for kids to compete in cooking contest

Leicestershire school children are being challenged to rustle up their best two course recipes in a bid to become the 2018 Junior Chef of the Year.

To enter the competition, Leicestershire primary school pupils in years 5 and 6 need to cook their recipes, take photos of their finished dishes and complete the entry form before Friday, 9 February, 2018.

Entries will be judged by an expert panel consisting of a senior dietician, local food suppliers and chefs and the service manager of Leicestershire Traded Services, Catering Service.

Councillor Byron Rhodes, deputy leader of the county council, said: “The competition is a brilliant showcase for young chefs.  It gives them the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom and engage with cooking. I would encourage all pupils in years 5 and 6 to get creative in the kitchen and enter this fantastic contest.

“Our catering offer is something we are very proud of and we know our traded services, like catering, will help us to generate income which we can put back into council services.”

Entry forms are available from participating schools or can be downloaded from www.leicestershiretradedservices.org.uk or by calling 0116 305 5770. Once completed, forms should be sent to lynne.short@leics.gov.uk

Current Junior Chef of the Year Tiana Dhorajia, 10, from The Hall Primary School in Glenfield, impressed judges from Leicestershire County Council’s school food service with her dishes at the competition held at Leicester College.

Tiana’s meal demonstrated excellent culinary skills as she served smoked salmon and spinach frittata with a mixed salad garnish, baby crushed potatoes, freshly baked bread and for dessert, a lemon cheesecake with summer berry compote.

The two-courses along with her passion for food, expert pallet and nutritional knowledge meant Tiana was crowned the queen of kitchen as she received winning scores from a panel of judges.