James Martin chooses Launceston hopeful to compete in the
Red Tractor beef and lamb Mmmake it with Mince Challenge 2011
On 4th November, Beth Benyon (14) from St Joseph’s School, Launceston was announced as one of the talented finalists for the national search to find the country’s next top cooking talent for the Red Tractor beef and lamb Mmmake it with Mince Challenge 2011.
After receiving hundreds of entries from across the country, those that were shortlisted will take part in six regional heats in the hope of eventually being crowned National Champion of the Mmmake it with Mince Challenge 2011.
James and his fellow judges were blown away by Beth’s creative dish, Moussaka Stuffed Choux Buns and she will now go on to compete in a regional cook-off against fellow regional finalists in Bristol on Tuesday 15 November. James will judge the recipes live and each regional winner will then have the chance to be crowned National Champion and win the money-can’t-buy prize of spending a day with James in London, watching Saturday Kitchen live, meeting the guests and visiting some of the capital’s top restaurants.
The Challenge, which is led by James Martin and is free to enter, is now in its sixth year and aimed at 11-16 year-olds who are passionate about cooking, The Red Tractor beef and lamb Mmmake it with Mince Challenge is the ultimate competition which gives young people the opportunity for their culinary talent to be noticed. Every year the standard gets higher and higher and James Martin commented,
“I’m so impressed with the quality of entries that we have received this year. From innovative new recipes to modern versions of traditional dishes, all the entries have shown creativity and talent in abundance. This year, it has been harder than ever to choose our finalists but the shortlisted entries are hugely impressive and I have no doubt that they will all have bright cooking futures. I always look forward to the cook-offs and this year more than ever, I can’t wait to try the finalists’ beef and lamb recipes!
“The competition is something that I’m really passionate about as I think it’s so important to encourage kids to experiment in the kitchen and develop their food skills.”