Huge congratulations go to Ben Acott, age 13, from Hampshire and Zach Field, age 15, from Wiltshire, the amazingly talented winners of this year’s Guild of Food Writers Cook It - Young Cook of the Year - competition, sponsored by Gold Top, the brand name for Quality Milk Producers.
Organised by the Guild of Food Writers, the Cook It competition asked entrants aged between 10 and 16 to create a celebratory two-course meal to coincide with the competition’s tenth birthday.
After an initial judging stage, six finalists were asked to take part in a ‘cook-off’ held at the Electrolux Training Academy on 20 June in front of a panel of judges. This year’s judges included TV cook and author Stefan Gates, award-winning food writer Annie Bell, and Alex Mackay, author, chef and broadcaster. The six finalists had 1½ hours to cook their winning meals, with each dish judged on its taste, presentation and originality. The judges were genuinely impressed with the level of skill, creativity and contagious enthusiasm the finalists showed for cooking.
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