School in Sheerness Win ‘Kent is Delicious’ Cookery Competition

Minster in Sheppey Primary School has won the Kent is Delicious food competition which took place on Friday 12th July, in the Why Farming Matters Tent at the Kent County Show.

The school delighted the judges with their dessert, Courtney’s Apple and Cherry Chunk Ice-Cream. Held in partnership with the Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities and Partnerships Framework, the Kent Agricultural Society (KCAS), Produced in Kent, NFU Swale, and Whitehead and Monckton Solicitors, the aim of the competition was to raise children’s awareness of the quality and importance of local, seasonal produce.

Minster in Sheppey’s dish was packed full of local ingredients including cherries picked on the island fresh on the morning of the competition itself.

Miss Danielle Evans who accompanied the children to the competition said: “The children were extremely proud of their achievement. We had some tough competition but they worked very hard as a team and their efforts paid dividends.

“We had a super time preparing for the competition as well as at the Kent County Show and we would like to thank everyone who supported us, from both our school and those that held the competition.”

Rob Wills from the KMFM breakfast show who hosted part of the event said: “This is the best ice-cream I have ever tasted and it was made by an eight year old! Unbelievable”

Canon Caroline Pinchbeck, Director of the Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities and Partnerships Framework said: We are absolutely delighted for Minster in Sheppey School and we would also like to congratulate the other finalists who all worked so hard and gave us some fantastic desserts to try.

“The competition clearly got them all thinking about their food and has inspired them to continue learning about the local produce all around them.”

The competition was open to all primary schools in Kent and children were asked to devise a recipe for a pudding or dessert using ingredients grown, produced or farmed locally to them.

The six other schools which took part in the final were: The John Wallis Academy in Ashford, Snodland Church of England Primary School in Tonbridge and Malling, Harcourt Primary School in Folkestone, St. Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary School in Tonbridge and Hoath Primary School in Canterbury.

Videos and artwork supplied to record the process of the finalist’s work will form part of a display at the County Harvest Thanksgiving service to be held in Canterbury Cathedral on 6th October 2013 and a book is also being compiled  of all the recipes which were entered into the competition and which will be available later in the year.”



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