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New guest judge revealed for McDougalls Young Baking Team 2019

Following the launch of this year’s McDougalls Young Baking Team, we are delighted to announce a new guest judge for 2019. Professor Tanya Byron, a chartered clinical psychologist, who has appeared in two of her own TV shows and been a national columnist, will join the line-up of experts during this year’s judging process and will bring her expertise in confidence to this element of the competition. This comes after feedback in previous years has shown that the competition is great for building children’s confidence.

Developing confidence in children

Professor Tanya Byron, comments: “I’m so thrilled to have been invited to guest judge at this year’s competition. It’s so important for children to obtain basic cookery skills when growing up, not only to develop independent living skills but also because cooking is a brilliant confidence booster. Knowing that they can start and complete a task and then, experiencing watching somebody else enjoy eating something which they have created can really build children’s self-esteem. Working as a team to see, smell, taste and touch their final dish is so rewarding and an achievement for them to experience with their peers. The competition is a great learning tool, teaching pupils about the importance of local ingredients and encouraging them to go out and source them. I am looking forward to it getting underway.”

Have you registered?

For those who haven’t yet registered, there is still time as the deadline is Friday 5th April. Schools across the UK who are up for the baking challenge can register their interest at www.premierfoodservice.co.uk and will receive a McDougalls toolkit within seven days which will include product samples, an application form and recipe inspiration. Teams will be asked to create either a sweet or savoury recipe, which includes one local ingredient.

After the recipe entry deadline on Friday 17th May, the judges will whittle down the entries and invite five shortlisted teams to the live final at LACA – The Main Event, in Birmingham, on Thursday 11th July 2019.

What’s the brief?

Ingredients must be sourced from within a 30 mile radius of the school’s address and can include fruit and vegetables grown, or locally made produce such as cheese or eggs.

Great prizes for finalists

The winning team will take home the jackpot of £1,000 worth of equipment for their school kitchen, whilst each of the four runners up will win £250 worth of equipment. The competition theme will continue to focus on local produce, encouraging schools to source ingredients within a 30 mile radius of their school for their McDougalls recipes – helping children learn more about where their food comes from.

Dates for your diary

  • Registration closes: 5th April 2018
  • Recipes to be submitted: 17th May 2018
  • Live final at Birmingham’s LACA – The Main Event: 11th July 2018