Cook It!, the Guild of Food Writers’ annual cooking competition for children, is 10 years old in 2013. To celebrate, aspiring young cooks are being offered the chance to win a fantastic family break, courtesy of the sponsor Gold Top.

For Cook It! 2013, the Guild of Food Writers is inviting those aged 10 to 16 to create a two-course meal that they would cook to impress their friends. Stefan Gates, the celebrity TV cook, author and one of the competition’s judges, explains what the judges are looking for: “We want to see a main course and dessert that not only look and taste delicious but show real skill. It is also vital that the recipes show as much originality as possible.”

To coincide with Cook It!’s birthday celebrations, the Guild is extending the competition to 15 and 16-year-olds for the first time. There are two age groups, 10 to 13 years and 14 to 16 years (on or by Saturday 31 August 2013), with the winner in each category winning a four-night family break at Sandsend Cottages in the fantastic seaside village of Sandsend near Whitby, North Yorkshire.

In addition, the school attended by the winner in each category will receive a one-day visit from the Electrolux Mobile Training Academy and a selection of small kitchen appliances for their Food Technology kitchen.

The four runners-up will each win an Electrolux Silent Blender and a selection of cookbooks.

The talented finalists will be invited to recreate their winning dishes in an exciting cook-off at the Electrolux Training Academy on Thursday 20 June 2013 in front of a team of judges. Joining Stefan Gates on the judging team this year is Alex Mackay, well-known author, chef and broadcaster.

Andrew Payling, chairman of Quality Milk Producers, is delighted that Gold Top is to continue its sponsorship of this prestigious competition. He said:

“It is so important for young people to have an interest in food, to understand where it comes from, and have the skills to cook nutritious meals from scratch.

There is a real wealth of talent out there and the level of creativity, skill and imagination of the finalists is inspiring. Gold Top is proud to be a part of this.”

Helen Haider, marketing manager for Electrolux said:

“Electrolux was excited to host the Cookit Competition in their training academy in Luton.

We were amazed at the high standard of cooking and presentation that the finalists produced in a state of the art kitchen more often used by professional chefs. The finalists had to work in an unusual environment and under quite a lot of pressure, but all delivered great dishes. The enthusiasm was inspiring and we hope we see more contestants try out in the competition next year.”

For full details and to enter the competition, download an entry form from The deadline for entries is Friday 19 April 2013.

For more information contact: Jonathan Woods, The Guild of Food Writers.
Telephone: 020 8659 0422