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Calling all mini chefs – Do you want to take part in the ‘Aspiration in the Kitchen’ Lockdown Cookery Book competition

Calling all mini chefs – Do you want to take part in the ‘Aspiration in the Kitchen’ Lockdown Cookery Book competition

The Primary Business Partnership (PBP) are excited to announce the launch of ‘Aspiration in the Kitchen’ Lockdown Cookery competition.  Results from a recent Home Learning survey, carried out by the PBP, showed that children had enjoyed baking with their parents during the lockdown and also wanted more competitions set by local businesses to keep them busy during these difficult times and to showcase the sorts of local careers available in the area.  As a result, the Aspiration in the Kitchen’ cookbook competition was conceived.

The PBP have teamed up with local chef Peter Sidwell, Jam Eater Creative Food Agency, and Helen Shipton-Smith, Helen’s Herbs to get children creative in the kitchen.  We are challenging Primary school aged children across Allerdale and Copeland to send in a great recipe that can be made for under £7.50, they don’t need to make it, they just send in the details of a recipe they love or have cooked in lock down , including a cost breakdown, and answers to a couple of questions linked to cookery and careers in the hospitality industry.

Peter said: “Getting kids cooking is always a good thing, it brings families together and creates awareness of food and ingredients which in my opinion leads to better eating habits for the future. I am looking forward to capturing the kid’s recipes in my food photography studio soon.”

Helen said: I like to encourage children’s interest in growing fruit, veg and herbs and love to help them cook use them. It’s so important for everyone to appreciate where their food comes from and be confident and adventurous in their cooking.”

The competition starts on the 8th July and runs until the 31st October 2020.

All recipes received will be judged by Peter, Claire (PBP) and HelenWinners will be picked to feature in an e-book which will then be shared on our website, social media and via the schools we work with.  Ten lucky winners will also be picked and have their recipes cooked by Peter in his studio Kitchen, based in Keswick, and photographed for the e-book.  There are also some £10 amazon vouchers up for grabs.

If you would like to enter follow this link.

The PBP realises how the hospitality industry has been hit hard during the Coronavirus lockdown and want to use this opportunity to highlight to children the variety of jobs and businesses involved in our local food production, catering and hospitality industries in West Cumbria.  We want to work with local businesses in this industry to produce a series of Career Cards which we be shared on our website, via social media and will also feature in the ‘Aspiration in the Kitchen’ book alongside the children’s recipes.

If you would like to get involved in this project or have an idea you would like us to help with please visit www.primarybusinesspartnership.zupe.uk or email info@pbp.org.uk

The Primary Business Partnership is funded by One Aim and Sellafield Ltd. and delivered  by the Centre for Leadership Performance.  PBP is a free signposting and brokerage service for primary schools and businesses across Copeland and Allerdale. It builds on relationships between schools and businesses, mapping needs and matching with existing provision and developing new solutions with partners to address identified gaps. During lockdown PBP has been busy developing quizzes and other online resources based around the National Curriculum programmes of study to support career-related learning.  

The PBP website www.primarybusinesspartnership.zupe.uk can be accessed by all primary schools across the county and is a useful signposting service for both local and national activities with free access to lesson plans and other resources.  

If you are a school wanting help with any topic work to support your pupils during lockdown, or a business willing to volunteer to deliver a similar initiatives or online support to our local primary schools, please contact the Primary Business Partnership team on 01900 824822 or info@ppb.org.uk.

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