McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year competition

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The McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year competition returns and in its sixth successful year the competition will continue its focus on building children’s confidence through cookery, working with Birmingham Mind.

The competition theme will focus on local produce, encouraging schools to source an ingredient within a 30 mile radius of their school for their McDougalls recipes – helping children learn more about where their food comes from.

Schools looking to bake their way to the top spot should recruit a team of up to three enthusiastic 7-11 year olds and register at

The winning team will take home £1,000 worth of equipment for their school kitchen, whilst each of the four runners up will win £250 worth of equipment.

Holly Charnock, school chef at Woodlands Primary School, 2019 winner added: “We loved being a part of the competition and we felt so lucky to have won. The dishes the other schools created were incredible. Our team of children had so much fun making the edible Woodlands Garden and each child was responsible for a specific area of our baked masterpiece and showed off the skills they had learnt. I really saw a difference in their confidence from the beginning of the competition until the end, both in the cooking techniques used and their personalities. The Birmingham Mind workshop beforehand was a great distraction for the pupils ahead of the cook-off and taught them some amazing calming techniques which I feel really helped.

“We’ve used the winning prize money to set up a weekly cookery club and the whole school can get involved in making a weekly recipe. The cookery club has allowed us to carry on teaching our pupils where food comes from and how to put different ingredients together to create a delicious dish.”

Schools up for the baking challenge can register their interest now and will receive a McDougalls toolkit within seven days which will include product samples, an application form and recipe inspiration.

Register your interest in the competition


Key dates to remember:

  • Registration opens: Monday, 6thJanuary 2020 at 9am
  • Registration closes: Friday, 3rd April 2020 at 5pm
  • Recipes to be submitted by: Friday, 15th May 2020 at 5pm
  • Live final at LACA – The Main Event: 9th July 2020
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