Move over Masterchef!
Budding young chefs have been set a tricky challenge – to create a healthy sweet.
And pupils from Clough Head J&I School are delighted to be taking part in the Ready Berry Cook competition.
The contest is asking youngsters to come up with their very own sweet or savoury berry recipe.
The contest, launched by CBBC presenter Stefan Gates, is aiming to boost healthy eating and tear children away from junk food and high sugar snacks.
That’s gone down very well at Clough Head, Bolster Moor, where there is a waiting list for the school’s cookery club.
It was set up by Class 2 teacher Matthew Bradbury, on the instigation of school cook Jo Mosby.
Mr Bradbury said: “Jo went on a course in Halifax and came back with the idea of a cookery club. The children loved it and we now have people waiting.
“They are really keen and love working in the kitchen.
“I came across the contest idea on the internet and registered our interest. We made berry muffins and mini meringues and the kids had a great time.”
According to The Children’s Food Trust there is still a long way to go with a third of children being classed as obese or overweight.
Rob Rees, chairman of The Children’s Food Trust, said: “Getting children cooking – tasting, feeling, smelling and playing with ingredients from an early age – has a huge impact on what they eat and their willingness to try new foods.
“Berries are particularly versatile for children to use, so we can’t wait to see their recipe ideas.”
Laurence Olins, chairman of the fruit industry-backed Seasonal Berries campaign, said: “Children naturally enjoy berries because they are sweet and easy to eat but we want to encourage them to use them in new, imaginative ways.
“With more antioxidants, vitamins and essential minerals than most other fruits, berries are a fantastic addition to muesli bars made with oats and seeds, or a wholemeal muffin.”
The winning team, announced in January, will be invited to cook with Stefan Gates, win ï¿½500 worth of kitchen equipment and have their recipe published on the Children’s Food Trust website.
Runners-up will receive a £100 Asda voucher and a blender, with seven regional winners also receiving a blender to rustle up healthy berry smoothies.