Premier Foods launches McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year 2017

Following its success over the past two years, Premier Foods has just launched its 2017 McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year competition.

Open now for online registration, Premier Foods is on the lookout for a school caterer to lead an enthusiastic team of young, innovative bakers to crown its new champions. The winning team will be rewarded with £1,000 worth of kitchen equipment for their school giving both staff and pupils something to celebrate.

Caterers should register their interest now to avoid missing out on this exciting opportunity by simply visiting the Premier Foods foodservice website to submit their details and register. The teams will receive a McDougalls toolkit which includes product samples, an application form and recipe inspiration to get them started.

Sarah Robb, Channel Marketing Manager at Premier Foods, commented, 'After being blown away by the creativity we have seen over the last two years, we are extremely excited to be launching this competition.

'We are passionate about helping to inspire children to cook through the McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year and last year's theme of using local ingredients was so popular, we are bringing it back. Spaldwick Community Primary School used eggs which were laid by local chickens, and strawberries grown nearby to make their winning profiteroles. They certainly set the bar high and we look forward to seeing what this year's teams will be baking.'

To be in with a chance of winning, caterers must put together a team of up to three 7 to 11 year olds. Teams should create one savoury and one sweet recipe, which includes at least one local ingredient and a McDougalls flour based mix product in each. The recipes will then be judged by an expert panel including representatives from LACA, the Craft Guild of Chefs and Premier Foods, at LACA - The Main Event, where the winners will be presented with a cheque of £1,000 towards kitchen equipment for their school.

Alison Leaver, higher level teaching assistant from last year's winning school, Spaldwick Community Primary School, commented, 'We were absolutely thrilled to have been shortlisted for the final and to have won the competition was just the icing on the cake (or the chocolate on the profiteroles!) The experience was invaluable for the children and created real buzz at our school. The prize of £1,000 of kitchen equipment has benefitted the entire school and means we can offer more opportunities to get children interested and excited about cooking.'