Who was the winner of the McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year 2019?
Head judge, Mark Rigby commented on the winning dish: “This is always a true highlight in the Premier Foods calendar and this year was no exception. To see the level of baking that takes place in just 60 minutes is very inspiring but knowing the competition is growing children’s confidence and culinary skills so much is amazing. We could see on their faces how much they enjoyed the opportunity to cook in the final and it’s an honour for me to be part of their journey as head judge. The imagination that had gone into the presentation from Woodlands Primary School was incredible, as well as tasting absolutely delicious.”
Holly Charnock, school caterer from Woodlands Primary School, said: “I want to say a huge thank you to all the team for such an enjoyable day, winning the competition really was a dream come true for all of us. I think it has only just hit me that it really did happen! It has been a once in a lifetime experience for the pupils and to see the growth in their confidence and cookery skills over the past few months has made all the hard work so worthwhile. To know we have achieved the highest score in the history of the competition really is the cherry on top of the cake. I urge any school thinking of entering to do so, it’s a fabulous opportunity which helps the children develop in both a social and academic way, I feel so proud to have been part of the journey.”
The five schools were judged on the taste and presentation of their dishes and the teamwork and enthusiasm they displayed. Two of the four judges awarded full marks to Woodlands Primary School.
The school was awarded £1,000 worth of kitchen equipment and a prize that was presented to them by Michael Hales, chair of LACA. You can see all the action from the final by following the hashtag #McYBT or checking out the highlights on Instagram.
Celebrations continued into the evening at the LACA Awards of Excellence when McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year was awarded the first ever Arnold Fewell Memorial Award which has been created to recognise the work of an organisation, campaign or project which promotes fun around food, cooking and healthy lifestyles.