Jane Suthering (23/05/2008)
Seven children between the ages of 10 and 14 wowed the judges with their confidence, ability and passion as they cooked a two-course meal in 1½ hours in the finals of CookIt! - The Guild of Food Writers annual cooking competition – which took place on Thursday 22 May in the BBC Good Food kitchens.
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2008 CookIt! Winner Serena Jayne Moriarty
2008 CookIt! Finalists and two of the judges: back row, pictured left to right: Stuart Gillies, Nicola Logan, Siani Higginson, Julia Seager, Serena Jayne Moriarty, Xanthe Clay; front row, pictured left to right: Ashton Fernihough, Andrew Seager, Ryan Gruss
This year’s winner is Serena Jayne Moriarty, who comes from Worthing in West Sussex. Serena Jayne, aged 14, impressed judges Xanthe Clay (Saturday Telegraph) and Stuart Gillies (executive chef Boxwood Cafe in London) with an ambitious Fillet of Pollack with Herb Butter wrapped in Bacon and Squidgy Chocolate and Raspberry Puddings with perfect chocolate tuiles. Surprised at winning the first prize of a weekend in London spending a morning in the kitchens of Giorgio Locatelli, Serena Jayne admitted that she had made her puddings about ten times and wasn’t really happy with the result the day before!
Nicola Logan (pictured right
), aged 13, from the Isle of Man, is already making food for her local farmers market and will be helping The Hairy Bikers when they prepare a barbecue for 2000 this summer! Nicola came a very close second with her Sea Bream with Thai Green Tapenade and French Toast with Caramelised Apples. Judge Mike Robinson (of The Pot Kiln in Berkshire) was so impressed with Nicola’s fish dish he hopes she’ll let him have the recipe!
Andrew Seager (pictured left
), aged 11, and his sister Julia from North Yorkshire had both reached the final. It was wonderful to watch Andrew working with such care and precision. His Thai Salmon with Mango Rice and Raspberries with Ginger and Lime Creme Brûlée secured him third place.
So high was the standard this year that two special prizes for Dish of the Day were also awarded. Siani Higginson, aged 13, created an inspirational dessert of pan fried aubergine slices layered with amaretti and pear mascarpone and served with blackberry sauce and our youngest finalist, Ashton Fernihough, aged 10, made the most delicious Sunshine Lamb, which the judges just couldn’t stop eating!
Judge and Food Editor of BBC Good Food magazine, Jane Hornby, was delighted with the creativity of the menus, some of which will be featured in the September issue.
CookIt!, The Guild of Food Writers nationwide competition, and one aspect of the Guild’s commitment to champion cooking and raising awareness of good food for all ages, was sponsored by Sacla’.
Look out for news of the winner of CookIt-WriteIt!, the Guild's brand new food-writing competition for 15-18 year-olds, in a couple of weeks.
The Guild of Food Writers’ children’s cookery competition is part of a national children’s food and cookery education campaign launched by the Guild of Food Writers in 2003.
2008 CookIt! Winner Serena Jayne Moriarty
If you know of any schools or children’s organisations that would be interested in taking part in next year's competition then please email their email details to the Guild of Food Writers’ administrator, Jonathan Woods, WriteMailLink("jonathan","gfw.co.uk","","",""); email@example.com.
With thanks to BBC Good Food magazine
Photographer: Myles New
Prizes for CookIt!
First Prize: An Italian Experience in London: Spend a morning learning about Italian cookery in the kitchens of Giorgio Locatelli, one of the UK’s leading Italian chefs and assist in preparing your family dinner for that evening at his acclaimed Locanda Locatelli restaurant. Enjoy the delights and secrets of a culinary tour with Jenny Linford, Guild member and author of Food Lovers London and founder of Gastro-Soho Tours, and enjoy spending a voucher in Divertimenti - one of the most popular kitchen equipment stores in town.
The prize also comprises two nights’ accommodation for you and your family (up to four people) at the luxurious Radisson SAS hotel situated in the heart of the West End, all travel expenses, and a hamper packed with Sacla’ and other authentic Italian foods, plus a copy of The Painter, the Cook and L’Arte di Sacla’ signed by leading Italian food writer Anna Del Conte.
Second Prize: An Italian Experience in Edinburgh: A culinary weekend for you and your family in Edinburgh. Enjoy the finest Italian experiences the city has to offer with the chance to spend a voucher on Italian cookery books of your choice.
Accommodation at the prestigious Radisson SAS hotel on the historic Royal Mile will also be included as well as travel expenses, and a copy of The Painter, the Cook and L’Arte di Sacla’ signed by leading Italian food writer Anna Del Conte
Third Prize: An Italian Cookery Experience: Attend a special cookery course for you and a friend, where you will learn all about the skills and know-how needed to produce great Italian food at a leading Italian cookery school in the UK. All travel expenses to and from the school are included in the prize, as are a hamper packed with Sacla’ and other authentic Italian foods, plus a copy of The Painter, the Cook and L’Arte di Sacla’ signed by leading Italian food writer Anna Del Conte.
Three Runners Up Prizes: Runners up will receive a substantial hamper including a pasta machine and packed with Sacla’ and other authentic Italian foods, plus a copy of The Painter, the Cook and L’Arte di Sacla’ signed by leading Italian food writer Anna Del Conte.
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