If you love cooking, now is your chance to show off your culinary skills in the Guild of Food Writers’ annual Cook It competition. Not only could you wow the judges in an exciting cook-off held at the Electrolux Training Academy, there’s also a chance to win a family holiday, thanks to our sponsor Gold Top. Plus, there are lots more prizes for you to win.
Ben Acott, 13, the 2013 winner in the 10 to 13 year old age group
To enter the Cook It competition, the Guild of Food Writers is asking 10-16 year olds to create a celebratory two-course meal to impress their friends and family. “We are looking for a main meal and a dessert,” explains Jayne Cross of Cook It, “that not only look and taste delicious, but are all your own work and show impressive skill in the kitchen.”
There are two age groups (10-13 years and 14-16 years as of 31 August 2014), with the winner in each category eligible for the first prize of a four-night family break at Tredinney Farm in Cornwall. www.tredinneyfarm.co.uk
Zach Field, 15, the 2013 winner in the 14 to 16 year old age group
Six talented finalists will be invited to recreate their winning recipes in an exciting cook-off at the newly designed Electrolux Training Academy on 17 June 2014 in front of a team of judges. This year, the judges are cookery writers Sam Stern and Felicity Cloake and food writer and TV consultant Justine Pattison.
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Entries are now being sought for the Guild of Food Writers’ annual Write It competition. Aimed at aspiring young writers who have a real interest in food and writing, the competition is open to anyone aged 11 to 18.
The Write It competition invites entrants to submit a non-fiction feature of around 750 words on any food-related subject. It could be as simple as a descriptive piece based on a person or place that inspired their interest in food, a restaurant review, or a report on a visit to a food fair, farmers' market or food shop. Alternatively it could be a campaigning article on any aspect of food that interests, excites or frustrates the young writer.
All three of the judges for 2014 are distinguished members of the Guild of Food Writers: Joan Ransley, a freelance food writer and photographer (www.joanransley.co.uk); Stefan Gates, TV presenter and author (www.thegastronaut.com); and Karen Barnes, Editor of delicious. magazine. They are looking for impressive writing skills as well as understanding and knowledge of the chosen subject.