We are delighted to announce that our 2017 Greens to Gourmet Cookery Challenge is now OPEN for entries. If you’re a student in Birmingham or the surrounding areas and have a passion for cooking, our competition is the perfect opportunity to test your culinary skills and progress your career in catering.
The theme this year is vegetarian and those who wish to take part are being asked to create a healthy vegetarian dish from scratch by selecting one of two mystery bags of fresh produce during the internal heats at their school.
The deadline for entries this year is Friday 7th July and the finalists will be announced on Monday 18th September. Those who are successful will then be invited to step into the limelight at the live final to recreate their delicious dish of choice at the Harborne Food School on Wednesday 18th October.
The winning 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 a £50 Amazon voucher*.
We are thrilled to welcome back Award Winning Chef Director, Luke Tipping, from Birmingham’s top Michelin-star restaurant, Simpsons. He will be joined by Colin Diamond, executive director for Education at Birmingham City Council and restaurant critic Paul Fulford on the judging panel.
Talking about his involvement in the Greens to Gourmet Challenge for the third year running, Luke said:
“This year’s theme challenges students to get creative with their dishes and really think about the flavours involved. We would really like participants to think about the commercial aspect of creating a meal and focus on reducing the amount of waste involved in cooking and preparing their dish. I’m a big advocate of reducing food waste and this is a huge part of the catering industry today as providers are constantly scrutinised for their sustainability.”
Fay Gibbin, Training Manager at Busy Bees Training, said:
“We are really looking forward to building on the success of last year’s competition and would like to thank Luke and the team at Simpsons for their involvement so far, as well as the other members of the judging panel. The raw talent demonstrated by the entrants last year was truly remarkable and we can’t wait to see the level of creativity that the entrants bring to this year’s competition.”
For more information about the Greens to Gourmet competition visit
or found out what the judges have to say about the competition here.