Posted 30th May 2018 by Peter Byrne
15 children from across the UK have been chosen as the finalists in the 2018 Young Pea Chef of the Year competition
The competition challenged children from the ages of reception through to Year 11, across three categories, with the aim of developing their own delicious recipes using frozen peas.
The campaign, run by the British Growers Association, joined forces with the Ocado Foundation to launch the 2018 Young Pea Chef of the Year competition, which received hundreds of entries from children across the UK this year.
A panel of industry experts deliberated and tasted their way through the entries and shortlisted the fifteen pea-inspired recipes.
The recipes include:
- Easy Peasy Triangle Tikki
- ‘Parrot’ Cake
- Peaculiar Crumble
- Veggie Pancakes
- Yummy Gummies
- Homemade Pea Pasta Dough
- Pea & Cheese Scones
- Pea Mouss
- Pitta Pea-mole
- Plaited Pea Brea
- Lamb Meatballs and Pea Pilaf
- Pea & Mint Sorbet with Lemon Meringue Sandwich and Pink Peppercorn Shortbread
- Pea Gnocchi with Lemon and Crispy Prosciutt
- Spicy Beef Pea-cos,
- Surprising Oven Baked Fritters with a Lemon, Honey and Rosemary Yogurt Dip.
The public are now being called upon to show their support and to vote for their favourite recipe. The young chef with the most votes from each age group (up to and including Year 6, Years 7-8 and Year 9-11) who will be crowned Young Pea Chef of the Year 2018, along with receiving a £500 donation from the Ocado Foundation that will contribute to 'Grow Your Own' projects for their school. There will also be a personalised hamper for the winner to take home. Each of the 15 finalists will feature in a recipe e-book which is to be distributed nationwide and will be available to download.
Rachel Green, TV chef and Yes Peas! campaign ambassador, said: "We were overwhelmed to receive 200 entries into this year’s Young Pea Chef of the Year competition – the highest number of entries since we kicked off our first competition three years ago!"
"I’m so pleased that parents and teachers supported the Yes Peas! campaign and encouraged children to enter. The standard this year is extremely high and we’ve seen some really inspiring creations – I can’t wait to see who wins the vote! Good luck and congratulations to all our shortlisted chefs!"