Croydonian crowned Bacofoil Student Cook of the Year

By - Tuesday 27th January, 2015

Zoe Edwards, aged 21 and from Croydon, has been crowned Bacofoil Student Cook of the Year after shining in the high-pressure culinary cook-off final at Cactus Kitchen, London.

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Release begins: To celebrate our country’s culinary undergraduates, Bacofoil launched its first ever Student Cook of the Year competition. Bacofoil along with some of the most influential foodies in Britain – Food Editor at Olive Magazine Janine Ratcliffe, Celebrity Chef and Author Sam Stern and Founder of Kitchen Coach Justine Kanter set out to dispel the myth that today’s generation of students can’t cook more than baked beans on toast.

The campaign was designed so that Bacofoil could work with a younger generation and encourage a more healthy approach to cooking, with their Bacofoil Non-Stick Foil leading the way. Melissa Dickinson, marketing manager at Bacofoil, said, “Something that doesn’t change is that university is often the first place young people start to buy and cook their own food properly. We know that younger cooks tend to experiment more with equipment and techniques so we thought that, as a large producer of baking, roasting and food storage products, launching a competition like this just made sense.”

The competition attracted hundreds of students from across the UK. Foodie enthusiasts entered the competition by posting a picture on Twitter or Facebook of a dish they had created, along with its name. Entrants were judged on their presentation skills and creativity. The three finalists, Zoe Edwards, Ryan Hemming and Anahita Asadi went head-to-head on Friday 23rd January to claim the title, Bacofoil Student Cook of the Year.

They were given the recipe for fish in puff pastry and left to add their own creative flair. After an hour and a half was up, the contestants had to present their finished masterpieces to the judging panel. Janine Ratcliffe Food Editor of Olive Magazine said “I was real impressed with the standard of cooking from the students in the competition – it was a very close thing and extremely tough to judge. Fish and pastry cooking are both very tricky areas so the fact that they all turned out great plates at the end was admirable. In the end Zoe’s eye for detail and inventive use of the ingredients just edged her the winner’s place.”

Zoe Edwards said “”After a tense few minutes before being told I’d won Bacofoil student cook of the year, a whole mix of emotions were running through my mind. Cooking has always been a huge part of my childhood, and my family life in general – spurring from my parents who always inspired me to cook. When my name got announced I was over the moon – being recognised for being just more than a ‘cook’ is an amazing feeling. My friend mentioned to me seeing as I was a foodie I should enter into student cook of the year.. as soon as I did lots of my other friends commended me on entering and wished me luck as they knew I had a chance! it was an amazing experience all in all and I am just so happy to have won!!!!!”

Release ends.

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