The Great Canberra Cook Off – Entries now open!

Released 18/10/2019

Canberra foodies are being encouraged to enter this year’s Great Canberra Cook Off to showcase their high quality, healthy food ideas.

The competition is designed for novice cooks across the ACT to whip up a healthy meal as part of our community drive to get people to make healthier eating decisions.

There are three age categories:

  • The ‘Little Chef’ for 8-12 year olds
  • The ‘Teen Chef’ for 13-18 year olds
  • The ‘Stripped Back Chef’ for anyone over the age of 18.

The Healthy Eating Hub’s Kate Freeman says we’re fortunate in the ACT to be surrounded by fresh, healthy produce that contributes greatly to our better standard of living.

“Combining the great quality of food and the flavours into a unique Canberra recipe is what this competition is all about,” Ms Freeman said.

“We’re keen to find and showcase a winner from each category who can put their healthier signature dish ‘out there’ for the community to enjoy and to contribute to our population health strategy.

“For the ‘Stripped Back Chef’ competition geared for the domestic cook, what we’ll be looking for in particular, is that healthier food option for school and sport canteens.

“We’re encouraging people to enter now for a chance to win some great prizes including:

  • A party for 10 at The Canberra Zoo and Aquarium
  • A party for 10 at The Bank Indoor skate park
  • An Escape Room experience for 4 people
  • A Red Family Q BBQ

All finalists’ recipes will be featured in The Great Canberra Cook e-recipe book.”

The Cook Off is part of the ACT Government’s Healthier Choices Canberra initiative.

To enter the Great Canberra Cook Off tell us in a 60-second video why you love healthier food and a bit about yourself. Submit with your favourite recipe. Finalists will be selected for each competition.

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