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Suzanne Helps Crown Winners of Kent Cooks 2016

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Suzanne Helps Crown Winners of Kent Cooks 2016

We’ve been eagerly awaiting the announcement of the winners of Kent Cooks 2016 and the results are in!

With four titles up for grabs, Olivia Lowe, thirteen, of Maidstone Grammar School for Girls was crowned the overall winner thanks to her salmon and watercress tartlet, followed by plum cobbler. Olivia was among an impressive 158 entries to the competition from youngsters across Kent aged 6 to 19 years. After creating an original menu, submitting recipes and photographs of their dishes, the 13 best entries were invited to a live Masterchef-style cook-off at East Kent College.

Our very own Suzanne was one of the judges of the family category which saw 3 families compete for the top spot.  Suzanne says “The stand out dish for me was a lovely lemon posset beautifully presented with a ginger flavour shortbread biscuit. However the winner was eight year old Lucy who didn’t stop showing us her skills. She was able to make bread, pastry, shortbread biscuits and ice cream while her mum assisted and encouraged her to the end.” Lucy Corlett, of St. Philomena’s Primary School in St Mary Cray, Bromley was supported by her Mum, Stephanie, to produce posh cheese on toast, followed by apple pie with homemade bread and butter ice cream.

The winners were presented with trophies, certificates, goody bags and a share of the £500 prize money.

Event hosts KM Charity Team wrote “The panel of judges were impressed by the advanced techniques employed by the young culinary wizards, as well as their use of local ingredients and ability to create healthy, balanced meals.”

Suzanne was delighted to have been involved in such a great event, and to support the great team at KM Charity. “It’s clear that they have worked really hard to make the 2016 Kent cooks competition such a success and it was great to see so many Kent companies involved.  It was a great day and I look forward to being involved next year” says Suzanne.

Preparations and applications for Kent Cooks 2017 are well underway, find out more at

Check out the official event photo gallery.

Kent Cooks Winners