Southampton butcher helps to inspire young cooks

Children in Southampton have been competing in a creative cooking competition, organised by Q Guild butcher Owton’s.

The Young Cooks event held its Grand Final on 7 March, as schoolchildren under 12 were given the platform to show off their skills and creativity.

A judging panel assessed their dishes at Eastleigh College’s training kitchens, and the winning entry was from Jake Avern, 11, from Oasis Academy Mayfield, Sholing. The youngster created a lipsmacking Scotch Egg Mountain. The runner up was Bella Powell, who made a Marshmallow Cake.

John Harding, of Owton’s, said: “The competition wasn’t too formal as we wanted to encourage younger children to cook by showing how much fun it can be.

“All the children dived in. I particularly remember one youngster had to have an impromptu step created, so that he was able to stir his sauce.”

The competition was organised in partnership with Fuller’s Family Restaurants to inspire a passion for cooking among young children. The winner received £75, with £400 going to his school, along with vouchers for £200 from Fuller’s and a ‘Pudding Master Class’.

Gillian Owton said: “Children need to be encouraged to be creative in the kitchen at home and we felt this was a great way to champion their efforts.”

Owton’s are promoting the children’s recipes on its website

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