Budding chefs have been cooking up an eggs-travangant feast over the Easter weekend at the Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival.
More than 142 schools across Cheshire West and Chester were invited to take part in a competition to find the best junior chefs in 2010.
There were three age groups: ages, eight; nine; and 10/11 in the competition and entrants were asked to produce a recipe which they created themselves using local produce, and leftovers that could be found in their family’s fridge.
Sophie Davis, 11, from Capenhurst CE Primary School, took first prize in the age 10/11 category and was the overall competition winner. She had the opportunity to see her dish being recreated at the festival on Bank Holiday Monday.
Her winning recipe for a lamb and vegetable pasty, appears in The Junior Chef Cookbook alongside a number of other recipes which will appeal to all the family.
She said: “I chose this because I like the idea of local vegetables in food that I love. I have had lots of inspiration from signs around the country selling homegrown vegetables.”
In the UK, 8.3 million tonnes of food are thrown away by households every year. Wasting food costs the average family with children £680 a year as well as having serious environmental implications. Keep a food waste diary to find out how much food and drink your family throws out each week.
Log on to the website www.lovefoodhatewaste.com or call 0300 123 7026 for recipes which can help you use up leftover ingredients before they end up in the bin.