Competition calls for aspiring young pizza makers

PUBLISHED: 12:42 02 July 2013 | UPDATED: 12:42 02 July 2013


Budding young chefs, aged between ten and fourteen years old, living in the South West are being sought for a ne competition.

Manna from Devon Cooking School, with The Bushman Wood Fired Ovens, has launched a search for the South West’s junior wood fired oven pizza chef of the year.

This unique competition provides a great opportunity for hopeful, talented young chefs to demonstrate their culinary skills by submitting a delicious mouth-watering recipe for a margherita pizza and a creative pizza topping. With a Bushman Wood Fired Oven on a rustic base with a pizza making tool kit, worth £3,000 is up for grabs, as well as a cooking day for up to six people at Manna from Devon Cooking School.

The top eight applicants from each region will be invited to attend the competitions regional second rounds, allowing wannabe chefs to get hands on in dough making classes, cooking demonstrations and the chance to make their two delightfully tasty pizza recipes. The top talented young chef from each region, selected by the distinguished judging panel including local food ‘celebrities’, will have the fantastic opportunity to compete in the finals at this year’s Dartmouth Food Festival (25 – 27 October).

Cornwall’s regional round will take place at the Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall on Friday 23 August where the judges include Cornwall Life editor Carol Burns.

Find out more at The closing date is 24 July 2013.

Established in 2005, Manna from Devon Cooking School is run by Holly and David Jones who teach cooking skills to small groups in the relaxed environment of their Victorian home overlooking the beautiful River Dart in Kingswear, South Devon. Wood fired oven cooking specialists David and Holly, have recently extended their decking at Manna from Devon to create space for an additional two new wood fired ovens. Courses available at the cooking school now include a day learning all about wood fired ovens and how to cook with them; a baking class (bread and cakes); and children’s pizza parties where lots of fun can be had learning how to make dough and cook with it. This enthusiastic pair have also compiled a ‘Wood-Fired Oven Cookbook’ (Aquamarine - an imprint of Anness Publishing, RRP £9.99) bursting with delicious recipes which is available on Amazon.

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