Kids, want your food judged by a top chef?

Young people with a passion for cooking are being given the chance to enter their own MasterChef-style competition.

Luke Tipping, chef-director at Michelin-starred Simpsons restaurant in Edgbaston, will head the judges for the Busy Bees Training Academy’s Greens to Gourmet Cookery Challenge 2017.
I’ll be there to help with Colin Diamond, executive director for Education at Birmingham City Council,
The competition, now in its third year, is open to secondary school students in years 9 and 10.
This year’s theme is vegetarian and those taking part are being asked to create a healthy vegetarian dish from scratch by selecting one of two mystery bags of fresh produce during the internal heats at their schools.
Deadline for entries is Friday July 7 and the finalists will be announced on Monday September 18.
Those who are successful will then be invited to step into the culinary limelight at the live final at Harborne Food School on Wednesday October 18.

Luke Tipping (Chef Director at Simpsons Restaurant) gives some advice to eventual winner, Demarni Rowe 2

Luke with last year’s winner Demarnia Rowe.

Students will be urged to practice creating their dishes over the summer holidays in preparation for the grand final. 
Judges this year include award-winning chef director, Luke Tipping, from Birmingham’s top Michelin-star restaurant, Simpsons, Colin Luke said: “This year’s theme challenges students to be even more creative with their dishes and really think about the flavours involved.
“We would also like participants to consider the commercial aspect of creating a meal and focus on reducing the amount of waste involved in cooking and preparing their dish.
“It’s important to set positive challenges to enhance young people’s careers and really motivate them to go on and do great things so that they can achieve their full potential.
“The Busy Bees Training Academy’s Green’s to Gourmet cookery competition has grown year on year and those that are successful in this competition often go on to pursue a career in catering.
“It is vital that we continue to encourage young people into the sector.”
The winning young chef will win the opportunity to spend a morning at the Simpsons Cookery School, along with a family member, for a personal mentoring session with Luke, as well as a £50 Amazon voucher.
For more information about the Greens to Gourmet competition visit
To see me and Luke talking about the event, take a look at