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Genuine Jersey Royal Growing Competition Presentation

Date: 18/05/2009 | Posted by John Garton
The winners in this year’s annual Genuine Jersey Royal Potatoes Growing Competition for Island primary schools will be announced at a presentation ceremony at the Jersey Royal Company’s new packing house at Peacock Farm in Trinity at 12 noon on Monday 18 May.

The special event will also feature the judging of the Genuine Jersey Royal Media Challenge when potatoes grown by the news teams at the Jersey Evening Post and Channel Television, Channel 103 presenter Peter Mac and Oscar Puffin will be weighed and compared against those of the school champions.

Treasury Minister Phillip Ozouf will present the prizes to the winning schools and the media champion. The school which has grown the greatest weight of potatoes will receive a voucher for £100 to spend at the JFTU and the winner of the education project display category will receive a £100 voucher from Belles Fleurs Nursery.  The runners-up and those schools which have been highly commended for their efforts will receive certificates. There will be bags of freshly dug new potatoes for the media.

A team of experts has visited the 21 competing schools to discover which classes grew the heaviest crop and produced the best display of class work related to the challenge

Competition organiser and judge Catherine Vint of the Jersey Royal Company said that this year’s standards were very high.

‘The children have put in an amazing amount of effort into growing the Island’s premier crop and in the projects they have undertaken to learn about the history and production of the Jersey Royal potato.  Having followed the media participation very closely since the competition was launched back in January, we can’t wait to see how they have fared,’ she said.

It is the third year of the competition, which is organised by the Jersey Royal Company and sponsored by the Genuine Jersey Products Association and the Health Promotion Unit.

Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin – who recently won the South-West heat of the Great British Menu - will also be demonstrating how the Jersey Royal can be used in gourmet cooking at the ceremony on Monday.