Premier Foodservice has announced the launch of its 2016 McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year competition.

Teams are encouraged to register their interest via the Premier Foodservice website here or by texting ‘MCDOUGALLS’ followed by their email address to 82727 by April 18. By registering, teams will receive a McDougalls toolkit which will include product samples, an application form and recipe inspiration to get them started. The new champions will be crowned following a live grand finale taking place at LACA – The Main Event on July 7.

To make it to the live final, chefs and caterers must put together a team of up to three seven to 11 year olds and lead them to victory with one sweet and one savoury recipe which meets a ‘provenance’ theme, and submit them by May 30. The recipes must include a product from the McDougalls foodservice range along with at least one ingredient which has been locally sourced. This could be anything from fruit and vegetables grown in the school grounds or local produce from a nearby farm. The recipes will be judged by an expert panel including representatives from LACA, the Craft Guild of Chefs and Premier Foods.

Debbie Donnor, the school caterer from last year’s winning school Nene Valley Primary School, comments: “It was an absolutely brilliant experience for the children and really inspiring to see them so excited and working collaboratively. The school is thrilled that they won the competition and the children are extremely proud that they have won an array of great kitchen equipment for the school so more children can get involved in cooking in the future.”