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Eco Cook-up!

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June 29 – 30 September

The Idea

The Eco Cook-up competition aims to get young people and schools engaged in how to live more sustainably by encouraging the creation of exciting, healthy and sustainable recipes that could be incorporated in the school’s canteen offer.

What is all about?

The competition will have two different entries:

  • Vegetarian recipes
  • Plant-based recipes (vegan)

Entries can be submitted in different formats:

  • Poster
  • Booklet/flier

Note: it is advisable to include images of the cooking process so this can be easily replicated. If the images include people you will need to sing the photo consent form available to download here.

Additional criteria to be considered:

  • Issues about food miles (where does food come from and how did it get to us –boat, plane, train, etc.).
  • Food waste (what would happen to short-life ingredients that did not get fully used, e.g. half tin of beans, or half an onion).
  • People should be able to follow the recipe and method (regardless of the format chosen to submit the entry).
  • Special consideration will be given to entries that include food from different parts of the world.
  • Ingredients growing method (organic vs non-organic).
  • Special consideration will be given to entries that focus on healthy meals.

Note: this is a cooking and not a baking competition, so we would encourage entrants to come up with meal-time recipes, rather than sweet dessert or pudding recipes.


The competition will be judged by experts from organisations involved, including Camden Think and Do, Camden Learning and Caterlink (the Council’s school catering company). Tom Moggach will be our special guest judge.  As judges won’t be able to see of taste your dishes, we have designed a simple recipe evaluation scoring sheet for you to complete. The scoring should be done by those tasting your dish (family, friends) and should be done in an individual and honest manner. You should submit a minimum of three scoring sheets completed by different people up to a maximum of five.


Winners and runner-ups of each category will receive vouchers for a local garden centre and their entries will be considered by Caterlink to be incorporated as part of their offer to schools. The winner will also be invited to host a Think and Do cook-along supper club and will be featured in their website and newsletter. 

How to enter

Complete the following online form and submit it, together with the scoring sheets, by Tuesday 15th September:

Entries can be submitted either as individuals or as a part of a team, so why not get together with some of your school friends and come up with an appetising and sustainable recipe.

Supporting information

We have developed a pack of downloadable resources (fact sheets) around relevant subjects. Follow the links to download them:

If you want to find out more about the Think & Do supper clubs and explore how young people could start their own over the summer please contact Think & Do by emailing us: