Cook-off to join Jamie at The Garden

Katherine Hale Ministry of Food Alnwick Garden'Photo Margaret Whittaker.

Katherine Hale Ministry of Food Alnwick Garden'Photo Margaret Whittaker.

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THE competition to find the face of a unique partnership between celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and The Alnwick Garden is hotting up.

Plans are on the menu for the attraction to be a centre for Jamie’s Ministry of Food, a community-focused initiative teaching basic culinary skills to non-cooks, as well as promoting learning about food and the benefits of growing good seasonal local produce in an engaging and fun environment.

Robert Bullock Ministry of Food Alnwick Garden'Photo Margaret Whittaker.

Robert Bullock Ministry of Food Alnwick Garden'Photo Margaret Whittaker.

In anticipation of its official launch in July, the Garden is currently searching for a project manager to take the venture forward, and on Monday three candidates demonstrated their skills in a fiery cook-off.

Sara Jenson-Boon of Longframlington, Robert Bullock from Hebburn and Katherine Hale of Heaton, were each challenged to create an egg-based dish using just a camping stove, pre-selected ingredients and an allotted number of utensils.

The trio had just 20 minutes to prove their culinary capabilities while engaging and interacting with their audience, for the chance to become the face of the ground-breaking food programme at the Garden. The cook-off was one of the final heats of the selection process and the successful candidate will be announced in June, having been chosen by the Duchess and representatives from Jamie’s Ministry of Food.

Sara Jenson-Boon Ministry of Food Alnwick Garden'Photo Margaret Whittaker.

Sara Jenson-Boon Ministry of Food Alnwick Garden'Photo Margaret Whittaker.