Who is your child’s best cooking buddy?

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Whether it’s mum or dad, big brother, granny or Uncle Jim there are grown-ups nationwide being coaxed into the kitchen by young wannabe cooks. So who wears the apron in your family?

That is the question being asked by the organisers of the Young Cooks competition, which is calling for entries for the Family category before the 6 November deadline.

“It’s not surprising that so many children love cooking and baking,” said the event’s coordinator Hannah Hawksworth of educational charity the KM Charity Team.

“It gives them the chance to experiment with textures, tastes and smells. They can make a mess, maybe lick the spoon, and best of all enjoy the pride of having something to show for all their efforts.”

She added: “Why not harness that enthusiasm by joining in Young Cooks? It’s great fun and if you’re already in the kitchen together you’re halfway to submitting your entry!”

The competition is open to children as young as six all the way up to 19 year olds. And there are three categories – Primary School, Secondary School, and Families. The Family category gives youngsters the chance to team up with a parent, guardian, older sibling – or even a teacher – and get cooking.

It’s so easy to enter. Simply prepare the meals – and this can be at home, at school, at Brownies, or a cooking club – and take a photograph of the young chef with their finished dish. Then upload the picture and recipe details to the Young Cooks website.

Entrants for the Primary School category cook one dish while Secondary School and Family contestants prepare two. The recipes can be family favourites or something brand-new. A panel of judges chooses finalists based on factors such as presentation, creativity, healthy ingredients and knowledge of locally-grown produce.

The best entries earn the young chefs an invite to an exciting MasterChef-style live cook-off at East Kent College. The finalists will prepare their menus in a professional kitchen for the judges in a bid to win a share of £500 – and, of course, the Champion’s Trophy.

Visit www.YoungCooks.org.uk to enter before the 6 November deadline.

Young Cooks is supported by SE Medical, the Dog at Wingham, the Southern Co-op, Broadstairs College, Macknade Fine Foods, Principals by CH&CO, Chequers Kitchen, Brakes, Golding Homes, Three R’s Teacher Recruitment, Kent Catering Services, Whole School Meals, and Taylor Meats.

See below a video news report on last year’s Young Cooks competition final:

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