Senacre Wood School in Maidstone Win ‘Kent Is Delicious’ Cookery Competition

Senacre Wood School in Maidstone has been named the winner of this year’s Kent is Delicious cookery competition, which took place in the Why Farming Matters stand at the Kent County Show on Friday 11th July.

Convened by the Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities and Partnerships Framework and held in partnership with the Kent Agricultural Society (KCAS), Produced in Kent, NFU Swale, the aim of the competition was to raise children’s awareness of the quality and importance of local, seasonal produce.

This year’s theme was breakfast and Senacre Wood School impressed the judges in the foodie final with their recipe Kentish Breakfast Frittata. This savory dish was packed full of local ingredients such as home-grown potatoes and red onions, bacon from local butchers R C Rooks & Sons, as well as eggs from a friend’s chicken; they even knew the name of the chicken whose egg they used!

As well as the taste, the judges particularly liked how the children understood that the ingredients could be changed depending on the season.

Ms Nicola Knight , the Year 4 teacher who accompanied the children to the competition and worked with them on their entry said:

“Friday was a fantastic day, and a lovely opportunity for youngsters to get enthusiastic about food. In the build-up to the competition, our children have really developed in confidence with their cooking abilities, as well as learning new skills, such as how to break eggs and fry bacon.

“Raising awareness of breakfast as being an important meal of the day, rather than just being toast or cereal, has been great fun. I’d certainly encourage other schools to get involved in this worthwhile competition, and hope that we can take part again in the future too! “

Jake one of the pupils said: “I thought the fact there wasn’t much frittata left after the first tasting was a good sign, it was scrummy and lots of people must have liked it.”

Caden commented: “It’s actually my birthday and so winning this competition has made it the best birthday ever!”

Canon Caroline Pinchbeck, Director of the Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities and Partnerships Framework said: “We are absolutely delighted for Senacre Wood who really spoilt us with their Kentish Breakfast Frittata and who showed real knowledge of their ingredients. We would also like to congratulate the other finalists who all worked so hard and gave us some fantastic, local breakfast dishes.

“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 three other schools which took part in the final were: Sandgate Primary School in Folkestone, John Wallis Academy in Ashford and St. Peter’s Methodist School in Canterbury.



For more information please contact Jennifer Ross on 01227 459 401 / 07765 112 177 or 

Photos show:

  • Senacre Wood School group photo with their finished dish (Left to right – Keith Berry – Together Canterbury Development officer and compere of the Senacre Wood session, Jake, Caden, Niamh, Lily, Ms Nicola Knight Yr 4 teacher at Sencare Wood)
  • Senacre Wood School preparing their dish.
  • Senacre Wood team with their finished dish ahead of the judging (Lily, Niamh, Caden, Jake)
  • Senacre Wood even knew the name of the chicken which laid the eggs they used!

For more information please contact Jennifer Ross, Projects Officer, 07765 112 177 / or tweet to @candpcanterbury