Premier Foods is pleased to announce the five shortlisted schools for its McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year competition.

Achieving top scores in the preliminary judging, the following schools who will now compete in a live final at LACA – The Main Event on July 6: Chapter House Preparatory School (York); Cranbrook CEP School (Kent); Mendip Green Primary (North Somerset); Coed Eva Primary (Cwmbran) and Perran-Ar-Worthal (Cornwall).

Sarah Robb, channel marketing manager at Premier Foods, comments: “With our McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year competition in its third year now, it is great to see new schools getting involved and we’ve been overwhelmed by the creativity in the recipe entries we received. Well done to all those who entered and especially to the five finalist teams who we can’t wait to meet at the live final. It’s set to be an exciting day and I know the judges are looking forward to watching the delicious sweet and savoury dishes being produced and crowning the overall winner.”

Judges Carol Harwood, attending on behalf of LACA; Andrew Green, director of operations at the Craft Guild of Chefs; and Mark Rigby, Executive Chef at Premier Foods, will be putting the teams through their paces, marking them on taste and presentation.

The competition helps school caterers to encourage a passionate team of up to three children, between the ages of 7 and 11, to develop an interest in food preparation by baking one sweet and one savoury recipe, including a product from the McDougalls Flours or Flour Based Mix range. Fitting in with this year’s theme of ‘local produce’, teams were also required to include an ingredient that had been sourced within a 30 mile radius of their school.

The five finalists will compete in the live final at LACA – The Main Event to be in with the chance of winning £1,000 worth of kitchen equipment for their school.