Children’s cooking competition part of food festival

Chef  Mark Earnden at Nissan'Preview of the Delicious Food Festival.

Chef Mark Earnden at Nissan'Preview of the Delicious Food Festival.

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ASPIRING Jamie Olivers on Wearside are being invited to cook up a storm in the kitchen as part of a new competition.

Pupils in primary schools across the city have the chance to scoop amazing prizes if they can come up with new dishes this summer.

As part of the first Delicious North East Food Festival, youngsters are being asked to create a healthy, nutritional and tasty meal for their classmates.

The winning child will have their meal prepared for the whole school at a lunch before the end of term and will also be given the chance to make their dish in the Delicious Theatre Kitchen with host chef Mark Earnden, of the Food Education Company.

The winner will also get to meet CBBC’S Gastronut presenter Stefan Gates at the festival and will win a year’s membership to the Food Education Company, worth £500.

Keith Miles, catering manager at Sunderland City Council, said the contest will encourage youngsters to think more about what they eat.

Mr Miles said: “We are asking the children to come up with an idea that’s tasty and healthy to show that they are aware of what food is good for them and to highlight that school dinners are nutritious.

“This will be a fun activity for classes to get involved with and we’re sure it will encourage pupils to take an interest in their food and what it’s made of.”

The Delicious Food and Drink Festival takes place on July 14 and 15, at the Nissan car plant, in Washington.

Activities such as pop-up restaurants, food exhibitors, as well as demonstrations in the Delicious Theatre Kitchen from top chefs, including Kenny Atkinson, of Seaham, who works at the prestigious Rockcliffe Hall, will draw in the crowds over the weekend.

Dave Coulson, of the Castle Eden Inn, and Bob Arora, of Sachins, will also be there.

For more details go to www.deliciousfestival.co.uk or call 305 5186.

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