UK pea industry teams up with Waitrose in young chef competition
The Yes Peas! campaign, which represents the UK pea vining sector, has joined forces with Waitrose to launch a nationwide cooking competition to find the country¬ís next top young chef.
Launched with the help of TV chef Rachel Green in her Lincolnshire demonstration kitchen, the competition is calling for young chefs aged four to twelve to develop a healthy and delicious recipe which includes peas as the stars of the show.
The competition is being supported by chefs and farmers across the UK and prizes are being provided by Waitrose.
Green said: “The amount of peas grown in the UK each year is equivalent to about 70,000 football pitches and no matter the season, freshly frozen peas are available throughout the year. Frozen peas are rich in protein, carbohydrate and fibre and low in fat, as well as providing an excellent source of Vitamin A and C, which are important in building strong immune systems. We’re looking forward to showcasing this versatile vegetable, whilst finding a future star chef along the way!”
The competition will close for entries on 12 February 2016 when a panel of judges will shortlist ten youngsters to go through to the final. As well as Green, judges will include Waitrose frozen foods buying manager, Michael Simpson-Jones, and representatives from Birds Eye and Pinguin Foods.
Simpson-Jones said: "Waitrose are proud to be sponsoring the Young Pea Chef of the Year competition. Peas are not only a great source of vitamin C, protein and fibre but they are incredibly tasty and versatile too. We hope the competition inspires budding young chefs to get creative in the kitchen with this great British vegetable."
The finalist with the most votes will win cookery equipment worth £500 for their school from Waitrose. The winner and nine runners up will be featured in a Yes Peas! recipe book which will be distributed nationwide.
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