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2015 McDougalls Young Baking Team winners treated to cookery class with Premier Foods

A group of year six pupils at Nene Valley Primary School were invited to a cookery masterclass by our chefs to celebrate their victory as the first ever winners of the McDougalls Young Baking Team Competition back in 2015.

The class was run by our Executive Chef, Mark Rigby and Culinary Advisor, Louise Wagstaffe, who put the children through their paces. With the help of the school’s catering manager, Debbie Donnor, the pupils created two apple dishes using fruit from one of the school’s local suppliers, complementing the competitions long-running theme of locally-sourced ingredients.

The two main ingredients used on the day included Cox’s apples and Premier Foods’ McDougalls Flour Based Mixes. Each of the ten children used these foods to make an apple cake and an apple flapjack dish to take home.

Mark Rigby, Executive Chef at Premier Foods, comments: “It’s great to be able to celebrate the first ever win of our extremely successful competition. Cookery is such an important skill for pupils to obtain and where various ingredients are sourced is so valuable for them to know. The day was lovely, the feedback was so positive and the children all got something to take home and show their families too.”

This year’s competition has already received even more registered entrants than last year. Recipes must contain one locally sourced ingredient and one McDougalls Flour Based Mix. The live final will take place at LACA – The Main Event on 12 July 2018 where the winners will be crowned and awarded with £1,000 to spend on school equipment. Nene Valley Primary School used the £1,000 prize money from their 2015 win to equip their specialist food technology room and to enhance the dining room where pupils eat.