Summer Mix serves up tasty treats

This year’s Summer Mix programme has found some culinary stars of the future after a hosting a come dine with me style cooking competition.

Summer Mix is a free programme run by the Council’s youth Services team and supported by local businesses that offers free and exciting activities in August to all young people in Plymouth aged 11 to 19 (up to 25 with disability).

One of the courses on offer this year was a come dine with me style cooking competition which culminated in a cook off final at Torbridge High School, judged by Council Leader Ian Bowyer and Councillor Linda Bowyer to find the overall winners.

Young people from all areas of Plymouth met weekly and trained at youth centres in Southway, Honicknowle, Efford and Estover. Their tasks were to select a starter, main and a dessert to prepare and cook on a fixed budget.

The Southway team were judged the overall winners.  Their winning menu was chicken with basil and mozzarella swirls with homemade tomato chutney to start followed by home-made Italian meatballs in rich tomato and basil sauce and the dessert was shortbread with fresh strawberries and a strawberry compote and cream.

Cllrs Ian and Linda Bowyer with youth worker Margaret Johns judging the entries.

Cllrs Ian and Linda Bowyer with youth worker Margaret Johns judging the entries.

Councillor Ian Bowyer said: “We were really impressed with the standard of meals the young people produced they did a first class job.”

Councillor Linda Bowyer said: “All the dishes were worthy of an award, they were all so delicious, the young people should be very proud of what they have accomplished.”

Prizes of bus tickets for second and third places went to Honicknowle and Efford and the winners also received £10 vouchers each.