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9 reasons why schools should enter the McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year 2019

With the entries now open for the McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year 2019, the team at Premier Foods has revealed why entering this competition will have such a big impact on schools, cooks and pupils. Whilst there’s a whole host of benefits here are our top nine reasons why you should get involved.

Create a love of cooking
Whatever stage of the competition you get to, just entering generates more interest in cooking. Simply by registering online you will discover which pupils like cooking as you put together your team of young bakers. However, it doesn’t stop there. Last year’s winner, St Martin and St Mary’s C of E Primary School used the prize money to set up a new cookery club within the school. The £1,000 was used to buy chef coats for the children and the equipment the school needed to make it a success. The club launched just after October half term, opening it up to years three to six and they’ve already had over 40 sign-ups. School cook, Nic Hastie is hoping the new club will encourage the children to start baking more at home with their families too.

Encourage healthier lifestyles
The competition aims to educate and encourage healthier lifestyles as pupils need to learn about ingredients and where they come from. As part of the brief, the competition will focus on local produce, encouraging teams to source ingredients within a 30-mile radius of their school.

Win amazing prizes
The first prize is £1,000 for your school which can be spent how you wish. We understand school budgets are tight and this will provide a much-needed boost or allow you to provide pupils with opportunities that may not have been financially possible before.

Enjoy a new challenge
If you are a school chef looking for a new challenge in 2019, this competition gives you the opportunity to develop your own skills and creativity whilst allowing you to work more closely with staff, pupils and parents. This will strengthen the relationship with stakeholders in your school.

Increase confidence in pupils
The 2019 competition will focus on how cookery skills can help build children’s overall confidence. We have had many teachers and parents commenting on what a positive experience this competition provides, and we love witnessing this for ourselves at the live final each year.


Create cooks of the future
Over recent years, there has been much debate on how to attract talent to the hospitality and catering industry. By encouraging children to love cooking, you are playing your part in showcasing catering as a potential career choice from an early age.

Put your school in the spotlight
The Premier Foods Foodservice team places huge emphasis on this competition within their marketing activity with a detailed PR and social media campaign. Being part of it puts your school on the map and in the spotlight. Getting to the finals could even generate local PR for your school.

Cook for industry experts
It’s not every day you get the opportunity to cook for industry experts. This year we are delighted to welcome back Andrew Green from the Craft Guild of Chefs and Carol Harwood from LACA UK to taste your dishes and give their expert opinion. Joining them will be our executive chef, Mark Rigby who has many years’ experience creating innovative dishes with Premier Foods products.


Have fun!
One of the main reasons for entering is you are providing children with an experience they will never forget. Planning menus, cooking up dishes and of course tasting them, is lots of fun for children, whatever stage of the competition you get to.

To receive your entry pack please register on our website before 5th April 2019. You will then have until the 17th May to submit your entry.