Competitions for Children and Young People

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Cook It 2015 Call for Entries

Logo of Cook It Young Cook of the Year Competition

If you love cooking, now is your chance to show off your culinary skills in the Guild of Food Writers’ fantastic annual Cook It competition. Not only could you wow the judges in an exciting cook-off, there’s also a chance to win a week's family holiday at a working organic farm, thanks to our sponsor Gold Top. Plus, there are lots more prizes to be won.

 To find out more and to download an entry form please click here.

Photograph of Michael Jones from Gold Top and Lauren Black

Michael Jones from Gold Top and Lauren Black, 12, 
the 2014 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 2015), with the winner in each category awarded first prize of a week's self-catering holiday for the family staying at Gwynfryn organic farm in stunning North Wales, near Snowdonia and the coast,


George Perry, 14, the 2014 winner 
in the 14 to 16 year old age group, 
with his winning dishes

Six talented finalists will be invited to recreate their winning recipes in an exciting cook-off at the Electrolux Training Academy on Tuesday 24 March 2015 in front of well-known cook and author, Jo Pratt, and Good Food magazine's Barney Desmazery.

To find out more and to download an entry form please click here.

Photographer: David Harrison

Write It 2015 Call for Entries

The hunt is now on for a talented young food writer, thanks to 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: Tim Hayward, food writer and broadcaster; Nicola Graimes, food writer and author; and Karen Barnes, Editor of delicious. magazine. They are looking for impressive writing skills as well as understanding and knowledge of the chosen subject.

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