09 Jan 2020

Premier Foods has launched its sixth annual McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year, open to school children aged 7 to 11 years old.

Schools have until 5pm on Friday 3rd April to register their interest with submission of recipes to be completed by Friday, 15th May 2020 at 5pm. For the competition, young chef teams should submit either a sweet or savoury recipe using one local ingredient, sourced within 30 miles of their school, and at least one of the McDougalls flour-based mixes.

Premier Foods foodservice marketing manager, Sarah Robb said: “Throughout the entry drive last year we heard many inspiring stories from schools who had truly put cooking at the top of the agenda. From the paper entries to the live bake-off, we saw some stunning and creative designs with the winning school receiving the highest score in the competition’s history. We can’t wait to see what the pupils submit this year and would encourage all schools to get involved and help get the next generation cooking.”

The judges will include Premier Foods executive chef Mark Rigby; Carol Harwood from LACA and the Craft Guild of Chefs’ Andrew Green. Between them they will decide the five finalists set to compete at the LACA Main Event in July. This year’s winner will take home £1,000 worth of equipment for their school kitchen with the four runners up receiving £250 worth of equipment.

After winning the competition in 2019, Woodlands Primary School chef Holly Charnock said: “It has been a once in a lifetime experience for the pupils and to see the growth in their confidence and cookery skills has made all the hard work so worthwhile. To know we achieved the highest score in the history of the competition really was the cherry on top of the cake. I urge any school thinking of entering to do so, it’s a fabulous opportunity which helps the children develop in both a social and academic way. I feel so proud to have been part of the journey.”

Interested schools can find out more at