Kent is Delicious – one month left

Schools across Kent have just one month to go to get their entries in for this year’s Kent is Delicious Cookery competition.

One month left for primary schools to enter Kent is Delicious cookery competition

  • Chance to cook at the Kent County Show
  • Open to all primary schools in Kent
  • Closing date Friday 27th May 2016

Primary schools across Kent have just one month to go to get their entries in for this year’s Kent is Delicious Cookery competition. The competition is organised by the Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities and Partnerships Framework and supported by Kent County Agricultural Society (KCAS), Produced in Kent, and the Kent Farmers’ Market Association. It’s all about engaging young people with their food: where it comes from, what’s in season, and what ingredients are grown locally in Kent.

Now in its fifth year, the competition has grown and grown, with many schools enjoying the opportunity the competition gives to develop their pupil’s cookery and team building skills, as well as fulfilling KS1 and KS2 practical cookery requirements.

Ms Annette Holmes, teacher at St. George’s School in Wrotham and last year’s winning school, said it was an amazing experience for the children: “The children really enjoyed taking part in the Kent is Delicious competition. I would encourage any schools who are thinking of taking part in this competition to do it. 

“There is so much involved, Maths, English, Geography, Art, DT; the children get so involved that they don’t realise how much they are learning. It is a wonderful opportunity for the children to take ownership of their learning.”

This year schools are being asked to create a trio of tasty after-school snacks which should be made using as many locally sourced, grown or produced ingredients as possible, and include one hot dish. They should document their creative process with pictures, recipes and work from the students themselves about how they developed their idea.

Four finalist schools will be chosen to cook their dishes at the Kent County Show on Friday 8th July where they will be judged by a panel of experienced local food and farming judges. Each finalist school will receive Kent Farmers’ Market Association Vouchers, with the winners receiving free transport for Years 3 and 4 to the popular Living Land event at Detling Showground.

Canon Caroline Pinchbeck, Director of the Communities and Partnerships Framework, said that schools who took part always had a great time and learned a lot in the process: “This competition offers such a wonderful way for young people to get creative and find out more about the delicious food, and fantastic producers that are right on their door steps.

“You do not have to be a Church school to enter and we’re always delighted to see the range and variety of recipes we receive. I would encourage anyone involved in a primary school, looking for a fun foodie project to do with their class over the next few weeks to download an information pack and get cooking!”

Bob Taylor, Vice Chairman of the Kent Farmers’ Market Association who judged the competition last year, said their involvement in the competition was having an impact on them as an organisation: “I was so impressed with the enthusiasm, skill and inventiveness of the children. Not only did they understand where the produce came from, and the concept of seasonality, but they were able to turn it into such interesting and tasty dishes.

“They have inspired us to start thinking about how we can become much more involved with the next generation of shoppers.”

Entries should be in by Friday 27th May 2016. More information can be found on the Diocese of Canterbury website: www.canterburydiocese.org/kentisdelicious or email kentisdelicious@diocant.org

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For more details please contact Jennifer Ross, Communities and Partnerships Communications Officer on 01227 459 401 / 07765 112 177 or jross@diocant.org

Notes to editors:

Pictures show

  • Pupil from last year’s winning school St. George’s Wrotham showing off their homemade sausage rolls
  • Judges speaking to one of the teams at last year’s final at the Kent County Show
  • Finalists from last year having fun preparing their dish