Young Cooks Contest 2018 - Launched by KCS

KCS are proud to be sponsoring the Young Cooks Competition 2018. The contest is run by the KM Charity Team to encourage young people to pay more attention to their food choices and learn how to prepare tasty and nutritious meals to a budget. The aim is to develop the confidence and abilities of young people to prepare meals to a fixed budget, as well as to increase awareness of healthy options and locally grown produce.

Entrants simply prepare one or two dishes - depending on competition category - and upload a photograph of the meal plus recipe details to the Young Cooks website. Youngsters can have help from parents, guardians or teachers in completing the online entry form – while entrants for the Family category can also have the help of an adult to make the food.

Young Cooks 2018 Official Partners

KCS is one of the wide range of organisations who are supporting and judging the event with the aim to entice more youngsters into the kitchen and gain confidence in their abilities. The judges will gather this Thursday morning to read through all the entries and decide which young chefs have earned a place in the final.

Finalists will compete at a thrilling MasterChef-style event where they will prepare their menus for the judges using the professional catering facilities at East Kent College.

The overall Young Cooks champion will receive the top prize of £200. Fifty pounds will go to the winning Primary School pupil and £150 will be awarded to the top Secondary School pupil. The Family category winner will take home £100.


The Judging Panel:

  • - Three R’s Teacher Recruitment
    - Whole School Meals
    - Macknade Fine Foods
    - Golding Vision (part of Golding Homes)
    - Orbit Building Communities
    - Southern Co-op
    - East Kent College
    - The Dog at Wingham
    - Chequers Kitchen Cookery School
    - Licensing Consultancy Services
    - Brakes Wholesalers
    - Kent Catering Service Ltd

Official Partners

I am delighted to support Young Cooks. This competition is a fantastic opportunity for children to get creative in the kitchen. It is good to see a charity on my own doorstep encouraging young people to get cooking. It is also a great way to get them to think about healthy eating and sourcing local produce.

Gregg Wallace - Masterchef Co-Presenter

I would like to congratulate you and your team for organising another outstanding Young Cooks competition. Enabling children and youngsters to create wholesome, healthy, locally sourced recipes to a fixed budget supports our curriculum plus improving the health and wellbeing of our nation.Prior to our entries, students had been developing their signature dishes for weeks. They tweaked recipes to ensure nutritional content met healthy eating guidelines and ensured students have learnt new skills on the way.

Heather Thomas - Subject Leader of Food Technology, New Line Learning Academy

Young Cooks provides a wonderful opportunity for young people and families to get creative in the kitchen and show off their cooking creations to the world. I love that every dish entered becomes an online recipe page and that there is a live cook-off staged for finalists to prepare their food for a panel of judges.

Cheryl Baker - Singer and Television Presenter