Calling Merseyside’s Young Cooks!
adventurer and Gastronuts presenter Stefan Gates is challenging
young cooks from Merseyside to “Create a dream meal for you
and your friends” in CookIt! 2010. Stefan is heading the
panel of judges from The Guild of Food Writers who run the
children’s cookery competition, which is supported by Gold Top milk.
Children taking part in this year’s competition will be asked to let
their imaginations run wild as they create a delicious two-course
meal designed to enchant and delight their friends. With the aim of
getting children excited about food, The Guild of Food Writers is
calling for entries from Merseyside now!
Stefan Gates says:- “I’m thrilled to be part of CookIt! this
year. I love making food that’s fun, interactive and surprising.
Mealtimes should be adventurous and The Guild of Food Writers’
CookIt! competition is a fantastic way to get children to explore
ingredients and to get creative with their food. I cannot wait to
see what the children cook up for this year’s competition!”
Winner of CookIt! 2009, 12 year old Robbie Main from Lincoln, says:-
“Travelling to London last June to take part in the final of
the CookIt! competition was very exciting. Hearing my name called
out as the winner came as a total surprise! I won a five-day-holiday
for my family at a working Jersey dairy farm which included a
brilliant cookery course. I was even invited onto Blue Peter for a
cooking challenge with Ainsley Harriott!”
CookIt! is supported by Gold Top milk, which is produced by a
cooperative of 400 British Jersey and Guernsey farmers. The
competition is open to children aged 10-14 years. Their challenge is
to create two dishes - a main meal that shows their imagination and
originality and a scrummy dessert, ideally incorporating some milk.
Six finalists will then be chosen to attend a Cook Off in London in
June. All finalists will receive exciting prizes with the main
winner going on a family holiday to Boccadon Farm in Cornwall.
Details of the competition and an entry form are available via:-
The closing date for
entries is 30 April 2010 with the final cook off taking place on 10
June 2010 at the BBC Good Food magazine kitchens in London.
“RECESSION” TO CONTINUE THROUGH 2010
business owners in the North West believe the recession effectively
has another year or more left to run, according to a new survey.
The latest quarterly survey of more than 1,000 businesses, carried
out by Clifton Asset Management (CAM) reveals that a majority
believes the downturn is far from over. Despite the fact that
the UK is officially due to come out of recession, in the North West
52% of businesses believe the economy will remain in the doldrums
for at least another 12 months, with just 13% forecasting that the
UK will be out of recession within 6 months.
The latest research from CAM, which provides specialist financial
and strategic advice to SMEs, reveals that 18% of businesses believe
the recession will last between 6 and 9 months. A further 17% say it
will end in 9 to 12 months’ time. Across the country, only the
South East has a majority of business owners who believe the
recession will be over in under a year (52%). Wales is the most
pessimistic region, with 65% of the opinion that it will last a year
or more. “SMEs are at the eye of the storm and it is significant over
half in the North West believe the recovery will be long and slow.
official figures may proclaim that we are out of recession, our
survey respondents seem to have little faith in the Government’s
assertions that an upturn is just around the corner. Instead, our
research seems to chime with forecasts that we could be into 2011
before a return to growth is properly under way. While for
most businesses, 2010 should be an improvement on last year, we are
clearly a long way from a position in which SME owners in the North
West could be described as being optimistic.” says Anthony
Carty, director at CAM.
WITNESS APPEAL - MCCOLLS
NEWSAGENT, BAYCLIFF ROAD, WEST DERBY
investigation has been launched by Merseyside Police into a robbery
at McColls Newsagents on Baycliff Road, West Derby, on Wednesday, 13
January 2010, for which detectives are appealing for witnesses.
Four men, wearing dark clothing with hoods up and scarves concealing
their faces, entered the shop at 6.25pm and took staff into the back
office before stealing cash and cigarettes. The staff were not
injured during the robbery but were left distressed. The four
men then left the shop and are believed to have driven away in a
car. One of the offenders is thought to be aged between 20 and
25 years old. Detective Constable Jeff Pickett, of St Anne Street
CID, said:- "Although the staff at the newsagents were not
hurt during the robbery, it was a distressing ordeal for them. We
are working hard to bring those involved to justice and would appeal
to the public for their help in identifying the men."
information is asked to call St Anne Street robbery team on:- 0151
777 4808, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.