YOUNG CHEF CHALLENGE

Run an in-school cooking competition for students aged 7-14 with our free resource.

Did you know that planning and cooking a meal doesn't have to be a chore, but that it can be creative and fun? Young Chef Challenge activities provide a framework for students to enter a whole-class or whole school cooking competition, where students compete to plan and cook a balanced dish or meal for a Team GB athlete or school visitor. 

Key question

  • Can you become your school’s Young Chef?

Key learnings

  • Showcasing and celebrating cooking skills, improving confidence.
  • Developing and enhancing interest in cooking and eating healthy, fresh food through a school-based competition.  

FILM DISCUSSION POINTS

Watch our Favourite Dishes film.

  • What are the athletes’ favourite foods?
  •  Which are your favourite dishes to cook?
  •  How could you make cooking fun?

ACTIVITY IDEAS

Our Teacher Lesson Plan (available to download below) contains activity ideas for delivering a cooking competition.

Student Resources

Young Chef Challenge Lesson Plan

Find your best young chefs with an in-school competition!

Resource type: Lesson plan

Learning focus: Cooking - challenging creative cookery skills

Recommended age group: 7-14

Young Chef Challenge Presentation

Introduce the Young Chef Challenge competition and celebrate healthy, fresh food.

Resource type: Presentation

Learning focus: Cooking - getting creative with a cookery competition

Recommended age group: 7-14

Promotional Poster

Adapt this poster template to promote your Young Chef Challenge competition.

Resource type: Poster

Learning focus: Cooking - getting creative with a cookery competition

Recommended age group: 7-14

Planning Your Meal

Use this planning sheet to help students consider the types of food their athlete needs to perform well.

Resource type: Activity sheet

Learning focus: Cooking - planning and preparing a meal

Recommended age group: 7-14

Recipe Card

Explore food and cookery techniques by creating a recipe for an Olympic athlete.

Resource type: Activity sheet

Learning focus: Cooking - creating a recipe

Recommended age group: 7-11

Advanced Recipe Card

Explore food and cookery techniques by creating a recipe for an Olympic athlete.

Resource type: Activity sheet

Learning focus: Cooking - creating a recipe

Recommended age group: 11-14