Finalists of Church’s ‘Kent is Delicious’ School Cookery Competition Announced Ahead of Live Final at Kent County Show

Four primary schools from across Kent have been announced as finalists for this year’s ‘Kent is Delicious’ cookery competition. St. George’s CEP School in Wrotham, Herne C of E Junior School in Herne, Christ Church C of E Junior School in Ramsgate and The Granville School in Sevenoaks, will all take part in the hotly contested foodie final on Friday 10th July in the Why Farming Matters tent at the Kent County Show, Detling.

Open to all primary schools in Kent, the competition aims to raise children’s awareness of the quality and importance of local, seasonal produce. This year children were asked to create a tasty packed lunch using ingredients grown, produced or farmed locally to them.

The competition is organised by the Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities and Partnerships Framework and is held in partnership with the Kent County Agricultural Society (KCAS), Produced in Kent, and Kent Farmers’ Market Association. Each of the finalist schools ensured their place in the final by impressing the selection panel with not only their fabulous dishes, but with the excellent research and pictures that accompanied their entry.

The Revd Canon Caroline Pinchbeck, Director of the Communities and Partnerships Framework said that all the school’s entries had shown a lot of thought and understanding:

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the standard of entries to this year’s ‘Kent is Delicious Cookery Competition’, and it’s by far the highest number of entries we’ve had. It’s clearly provoked a lot of thought, and fun, among the schools who have taken part and we want to wish all our finalists the best of luck.

She continued:

“With so much concern around our food in recent years, we think there is a social and moral duty to try and enthuse our young people as to the benefits of locally sourced and seasonal foods to help produce a happier and healthier society for the future.”

All the finalists will make their dishes at the Kent County Show and will have them tasted by an expert panel of judges made-up of local food producers, chefs and farmers. The final dishes are:

  • St George’s Healthy Lunchbox (St George’s C of E School); Home-made sausage roll using sausage meat produced at a pig farm only 5 miles away, cheese salad and chutney sandwich using local Winterdale cheese and butter made by the children using cream from the Winterdale diary, apple and school-grown carrot crisps, pressed local apple and pear juice, and tasty raspberry muffin made using local berries, eggs and honey.
  • May Bread Lunch (The Granville School); Seasonally-inspired May vegetable bread made using eggs from the school’s hens, locally grown rhubarb and apple flapjacks, and Kentish apple crisps.
  • Localicious Lunch (Christ Church CEP School); A delicious egg salad wrap using eggs from a pupil’s allotment, wholemeal shortbread using local honey accompanied by a home-grown strawberry dip, and pressed Kentish apple juice.
  • Healthy Packed Lunch (Herne C of E Junior School); Vegetable sticks with a local cheese and herb dip, tasty homemade pizza, raspberry muffin and a delicious strawberry smoothie

The final cook-off will take place between 9.30am to 13.15pm on the Friday, and the Bishop of Dover the Rt Rev Trevor Willmott will announce the winner at 3.15pm.

Schools can already start thinking about their entry for next year’s competition which in 2016 will be about creating a tasty, locally sourced after-school snack.  To receive more information schools should email kentisdelicious@diocant.org or visit https://www.canterburydiocese.org/kentisdelicious/

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Further information please contact Jennifer Ross, Communities and Partnership Framework on 01227 459401 / 07765 112 177 / jross@diocant.org

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