Three schools cook up a storm in live final

Three schools took part in the hotly contested final of the Kent is Delicious School Cookery Competition. Three schools cook up a storm in live final of Kent is Delicious Cookery Competition

13 July 2016

  • Hoath Primary, Eastling Primary and Christ Church Junior School in Ramsgate make final
  • Competition was open to all Primary and Junior schools in Kent
  • Aim to raise children’s awareness of local produce

On Friday 8th July, three schools from East Kent took part in the hotly contested final of the Diocese of Canterbury’s Kent is Delicious School Cookery Competition. The event, which took place in the Why Farming Matter’s tent at the Kent County Show, saw Hoath Primary School, Eastling Primary School and Christ Church Junior School in Ramsgate cook up a trio of tasty and local after-school snacks in front of a live audience.

Christ Church Junior School fought off tough competition to be announced the eventual winners. They impressed the judges with a truly locally inspired selection of snacks which included: Fresh Ramsgate-caught fish fingers served with homemade tomato ketchup, a potato salad using potatoes from one of their Teaching Assistant’s garden, and apple pancakes with local summer fruits.

Now in its fifth year, the Kent is Delicious Cookery Competition is open to all Primary and Junior Schools across Kent and aims to raise children’s awareness of the quality and importance of local and seasonal produce in Kent.  Each year schools are invited to create a dish on a set theme which uses as many locally grown, produced or sourced ingredients as possible. Schools are asked to show how they developed their recipe, what they found out about local ingredients, the local producers they discovered along the way, and how seasonality influenced the ingredients they chose.

The Bishop of Dover, the Rt Rev Trevor Willmott, was joined by an expert panel of local producers as they tasted each school’s collection of snacks. The panel were suitably impressed and all agreed it was a very hard decision. Jill Sargent of Produced in Kent, who spoke on behalf of the panel, said:

“We were really set an impossible task as the standard of the cooking, presentation and thought behind each recipe was incredibly high. There was something we loved in each school’s dish. Christ Church really impressed with their local home-made ketchup, which was just delicious.”

Mrs Prime and Mrs Allen, two teachers from Christ Church Junior School who accompanied the children and supported them with their entry, said that they had had a great experience: “It’s been extremely enjoyable and everyone has been so friendly and nice. The children across the three schools have got on very well too which has been lovely to see.

“We would definitely recommend other schools take part. Our children have loved it. Children love cooking; they love tasting food, trying new recipes, all aspects of cooking, and so we would definitely encourage other schools to take part.”

The competition is organised by the Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities and Partnerships Framework and is held in partnership with Kent County Agricultural Society, Produced in Kent, Kent Farmers’ Market Association and the National Fruit Show. Canon Caroline Pinchbeck, Director of the Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities and Partnerships Framework said: “This event is a real highlight in the year for us as it is always wonderful to see how creative the children have been, and how they work together as a team in the kitchen on the day.

“One thing we have here in Kent is some of the best food you can find anywhere in the country. Unfortunately, a lot of us perhaps don’t realise it. I hope that all the young people involved in this final go out from the competition and share all that they have learnt about their local produce and go and tell somebody else that Kent is really delicious!”

For 2017’s competition, schools are invited to create a locally inspired breakfast dish. Schools will be receiving information in the post in the next week to help them include Kent is Delicious in their planning for next year. However details are also available on the Diocese of Canterbury’s website: www.canterburydiocese.org/kentisdelicious. Up to four finalist schools will be chosen to cook their dish at the Kent County Show in 2017, with a first prize of £300 in vouchers and two runners-up prizes of £100 in vouchers available to put towards school cookery or gardening projects.

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For more information please contact: Jennifer Ross, Communications Office on 07765 112 177 or jross@diocant.org

Notes to Editors

Photos show:

    • Eastling Primary School’s snacks included: Apple and Sausage Surprise, Fruit Muffins and Cheesy Quiches
    • Hoath Primary School’s snacks included: Summer Berry Blast, Pasta Pops and Mellow Muffins
    • The judging panel included: Caroline Wilding of local caterers Dine Thyme, Julian Barnes Director of Biddenden Vineyard, Bob Taylor Vice Chairman of Kent Farmers’ Market Association and Jill Sargent of Produced in Kent.