Last week, Lincolnshire-based Discover Volunteering Community Interest Company (CIC) hosted a cooking competition for young people from Boston High School and St Mary’s Primary School and their parents, as part of an inter-generational project funded by People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthComplete through The Health Lottery.
The challenge was to cook a nutritious, low-cost and tasty main meal for a family or group of four people. Teams– consisting of a child or children and a parent – competed against one another to produce the best meal in just one hour. Competitors were judged on presentation, taste, nutritional value and value for money by a panel comprising Natasha Maynard from Bakkavor, Sonia Manson Head of Food Technology at Boston High School and Jane Brierley a volunteer supporting the project.
Recipes from the competition will appear in a special ‘Food for Thought’ healthy eating booklet that will be printed and distributed by Discover Volunteering CIC to everyone that has taken part in the project. The booklet will also be available for purchase from St. Mary's Primary School, with proceeds being used to sustain this incredible local project.
The winners of the competition were mother and daughter team, Ellie (pictured left,9) and Tracey Goodfellow with their Spicy Chicken Dish.
Pete Read, Director – Discover Volunteering CIC, said: “The competition was a great success and the judges commented on the outstanding standard of meals cooked. One of the meals cost just £5 to feed a family of four!”
So far, over £665,000 has been raised for health good causes in Lincolnshire by HealthComplete through The Health Lottery. Other organisations that have already been awarded funding from People’s Health Trust in the county include: Dementia UK, Sustrans, Alzheimer's Society, Sing South Holland Community Choir and the Team Parish of Louth – Trinity Centre.
Chris Lunn, Director – HealthComplete, said: “It’s great that money raised by HealthComplete is being used to support organisations like Discover Volunteering.”