Published on 19th July 2022

Jubilee pudding winner with cake

Turf Cheltenham chefs worked with finalists. Ayla, age 9, was chosen as the winner by judges, High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, Mayor of Cheltenham and Cheltenham MP

The No Child Left Behind Jubilee Pudding competition came to its exciting conclusion on Saturday, 16 July with the finalists and winner being revealed at a celebration event at Star Bistro.

Inspired by 'Platinum Pudding' for HM The Queen's Jubilee this year, local projects No Child Left Behind, Feed Cheltenham alongside hospitality independents TURF Cheltenham came together to offer this exciting opportunity for children in Cheltenham to design a pudding and bake with local chefs.

The finalists spent time with expert chefs from TURF Cheltenham members Woodkraft, Restaurant GL50 and Number 85 Coffee & Kitchen to develop their designs.  The cakes produced were then brought to the Star Bistro at the National Star College to be judged by Sir Dusty Miller KBE, High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, Cllr Sandra Holliday, Mayor of Cheltenham and MP Alex Chalk at the National Star College with John Lewis kindly donating the prizes.

The finalists were:

  • Lucy age 6 from Berkhamsted school
  • Annabel age 5 from Springbank school
  • Daniel age 9 from Greatfield primary school
  • Ayla age 9 from Charlton Kings junior school (winner)

Cllr Flo Clucas, member for communities and safety said: ‘’Congratulations to Ayla she made a remarkable cake fit for our Queen. Well done also to all the entrants who were highly commended. My thanks to the judges, the inspirational TURF chefs, STAR bistro, John Lewis and Feed Cheltenham for offering this opportunity for children to experience professional catering.’’

Lindsey Holland, TURF Cheltenham chair, commented: “We were delighted to support this competition and also share our passion for baking with the next generation. We were so glad the children enjoyed their time in the kitchen and hope we may have inspired some stars of the future.’’

Sarah Avery Feed Cheltenham said: ‘‘It was an absolute pleasure to be a part of the Jubilee pudding competition. It was a delight to see the faces of the children who were awarded their certificates enjoy the event. Thank you so much to the judges for doing their part to support the work. We want to raise awareness of the need for children to have the skills to cook as they reach later life, and we hope this will go some way to encourage children to learn these skills. Please keep supporting this vital work to feed families across Cheltenham.’’

To find out more about the No Child Left Behind project which aims to help all young people to thrive, visit nclbcheltenham.org.uk


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Notes to editors:

The ‘Design a pudding fit for the Queen’ competition was launched at the Children’s Festival and was available to enter through the NCLB and Feed Cheltenham websites.

Highly commended awards went to: Phoenix, Fadi, Lola, Freya, Ben, Mia, Alice and Rosie 

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Winner: Ayla age 9 from Charlton Kings junior school

Finalists pictured left to right with judges: Sir Dusty Miller KBE, High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, MP Alex Chalk and Cllr Sandra Holliday, Mayor of Cheltenham, Lucy age 6 from Berkhamsted school, Ayla age 9 from Charlton Kings junior school (winner), Daniel age 9 from Greatfield primary school

finalists with judges

 

Highly commended, pictured left to right with judges: Sir Dusty Miller KBE, High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, MP Alex Chalk and Cllr Sandra Holliday, Mayor of Cheltenham, highly commended winners: Fadi, Alice, Phoenix, Rosie, Lola and Freya.

Winners of highly commended with judges