Greens To Gourmet Competition 2016 23 - Mar - 2016

Are You Birmingham’s Most Promising Young Chef?

Calling all Birmingham secondary schools- we are looking for the region’s next young culinary star!

Our ‘Greens to Gourmet’ Cookery Challenge 2016 is officially open for entries, so we would like all students with a passion for food from Year 9 and Year 10 to don their chef whites and put their culinary skills to the test. The competition is now in its second year and we are delighted to be supported by Award winning Chef Director, Luke Tipping, from Birmingham’s top Michelin-star restaurant, Simpsons, who will form part of the judging panel as well as offering expert tips and advice for the entrants.

The winning young chef will be awarded with the unique opportunity to spend a morning at the Simpsons Cookery School, along with a family member, for a personal mentoring session with Luke. As well as this unique prize, the winner will also enjoy a special evening at Simpsons restaurant with a family meal for four.* Other members of our skilled judging panel will include Colin Diamond, Interim Executive Director of Education at Birmingham Council, Paul Fulford, Birmingham Restaurant Critic, and last year’s talented winner, Tre Whitelock. (Tre's Story)

Taking about his involvement in the ‘Greens to Gourmet’ competition, Luke said: “I’m delighted to be supporting Busy Bees Training Academy’s Green’s to Gourmet cookery competition again this year and helping to inspire talented young cooks in Birmingham to pursue a career in the kitchen. “The competition will encourage Year 9 and 10 Food Technology students in Birmingham to make a dish from a selection of fresh seasonal ingredients. My advice to all those taking part? Keep it simple and try not to waste too much food. “This is a great opportunity to get those creative minds out of the class room and show us their skills in the kitchen. We’d like to see all Birmingham schools taking part so download the Green’s to Gourmet school pack and let’s get cooking!” Each school is required to have an internal heat in either May or June to be held during a Food Technology lesson and to decide on a winner for their school.

The shortlisted dishes for the final will be announced on the 19th September and will be held at Harbourne Food School on 12th October 2016.

Click here for more details and to download an information pack for your school 

Schools wishing to take part in the competition can contact Claire Kniveton on or call 01543 711 131 by Monday 30th May. *T+C’s apply.