Scouts show their cooking skills at local scouting Competition

24 February 2016

When an annual cooking contest falls on Valentines Day you might expect that the menu will include some romantic food – and the youngsters demonstrating their culinary talents recently certainly didn’t disappoint.

Heart shaped eggy bread and courgette fritters both appeared on the menus at the Lowestoft District Scouts Cookery Competition alongside some other really creative dishes.

The local scouts were taking part in the cooking challenge at the Pakefield Scout headquarters in Kendal Road, where seven teams battled it out to impress the judges by preparing a three-course meal.

The teams of two or three scouts were faced with the task of cooking a balanced meal using just a two-ring gas burner and with ingredients costing not more than £5.00 per head. Two of the three courses had to be cooked and served hot with all dishes prepared from raw ingredients during the competition.

The meals were judged by a local campsite warden and two Brownie leaders – who were awarding marks not only for good cooking but also for presentation, time keeping, organisation, the originality and imagination of the menu and good hygiene.

The teams had just two hours to complete the meal and they were expected to eat their own food as well as to clean and wash-up afterwards.

Organiser Rob Harbord said, “as well as teaching the youngsters the need to be organised and work as a team they also learnt about food hygiene and how to handle meat and fish safely. More marks were allocated to cleanliness throughout the task and clearing up was also assessed”

Assistant District Commissioner for scouts Mark Hansen said; “It was the first time in approximately 10 years that all groups had been represented.

The judges sampled all of the food and were really impressed with the meals that the teams had produced. They had all worked really hard and finished on time. By limiting the teams to just two gas rings on which to cook and with no electric kitchen aids to help – the teams could now easily make the same meals at a campsite !”

The judges could not separate the two top teams and made 1st Blundeston and 2nd Carlton Colville joint winners of the competition, saying both deserved the trophy.