Inspiring Culinary Generations, formerly known as the Teflon Diamond Standard Awards, has launched its national cookery competition for children, young catering students and keen home cooks who have a passion for cooking. Designed to acknowledge and encourage excellence in the catering industry and in the home, the cookery competition offers the chance for non-professional cooks to gain recognition for their cooking ability at home and for those attending school and catering colleges the opportunity to showcase what they’ve learnt.
Originally launched in 2012, the cookery competition has since assumed a prominent position and the organisers at Dupree International are delighted to see the competition firmly establish itself as a life-changing opportunity for anyone with a passion for cooking.
The challenge has three categories which are:
- Aspiring Student Chefs (11-18 years) – to submit and cook a signature dish
- Keen Home Cooks (19 years and over) – to submit and cook their signature dinner party menu
- Keen Family Cooks (A team of an under 18 and a parent/grandparent/guardian over 18) – to submit and cook a classic dish with a family twist.
The Aspiring Student Chef category is divided into three age classes with the winner of each class being put forward for a three-year Specialised Chefs Scholarship, arranged by the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and is managed by Teflon Non-Stick Coatings – Chemours and by the Bournemouth & Poole College. For students, this is an opportunities to gain insight into the industry and, depending upon their age, potentially a life changing opportunity to receive a three-year Specialised Chefs Scholarship, training to become a fully qualified chef. The scholarship is divided into two categories; work based training with a chef member of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts at one of the finest hotels or restaurants in the UK and full time block release tuition at Bournemouth & Poole College.
As a passion for food and cookery often starts in the home, the cookery competition is now inviting children under the age of 18 to enter with their parents/grandparents or guardian (over 18) to cook to be encourage generations working together, sharing passions and inspiring each other. The Keen Family Cooks category will cook to win a package of chef recommended kitchenware whilst the Keen Home Cook, who loves to cook and wants to simply showcase their skills, passions and knowledge, will win a luxury hamper brimming full of cooking and foodie goodies.
In addition to these prizes, bundles of Teflon non-stick coated cookware and equipment from the sponsors are awarded as well as cash prizes of up to £500. Celebrity chef Lesley Waters heads up the esteemed panel of judges, which includes James Golding of the Pig Group and Luke Matthews of Chewton Glen.
Online and postal entries are open and can be submitted individually or via schools and colleges. Entries close on 30 October 2020 with the shortlisted finalists cooking at the Bournemouth & Poole College and at the Waitrose Cookery School, London in January 2021. For more information on the competition and to enter, please visit www.icgcompetition.co.uk