JCG Skills for Life Cookery Competition

Educating Islanders on the value of fresh and local produce is of great importance to both JCG and Genuine Jersey, which is why we have partnered to host the annual Skills for Life Cookery competition. The cook-off asks participants to create a tantalising main dish, incorporating the finest ingredients that the Island has to offer and showcasing culinary skills across a range of ages. 

Student competition

The student cookery competition is now in its 14th year and open to all secondary school students in Jersey. It aims to capture the spirit of such popular programmes as ‘The Great British Bake Off’ and ‘Masterchef’ as well as teach key skills to young people.

Many local schools participate, incorporating the competition into their classes. But if your school is not taking part, don’t worry, you can still enter independently if you aspire to become the next Jamie Oliver!

The competition is open to students in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 (ages 11 – 18) and challenges them to create a healthy main course of their choice that showcases local Jersey produce. After devising a mouth-watering recipe that is both balanced and nutritious, students must then cook their dish in under an hour for a panel of culinary experts to taste and judge.

There are a number of amazing prizes and trophies up for grabs, plus the opportunity to learn how to develop your skills as a chef so please make sure you enter the competition using the email address below. 

Adult competition

Following the success of the student’s competition, JCG have decided to extend the contest to adults for the second year!

The competition echoes that of the junior event, looking for the creation of the perfect healthy main dish using local and seasonal produce. Finalists will be selected from menu entries to cook their dish before a panel of judges including Longueville Manor’s Executive Chef Andrew Baird.

You will be asked to prepare a main course of your own choice that shows good use of ingredients that have been grown, reared or caught in Jersey. Adults will have one hour to prepare and cook their dish. Some light preparation such as weighing and measuring or washing vegetables may be done in advance. Most equipment is available at JCG, but contestants are welcome to bring their own, should they wish.

We are hoping that this competition will inspire all the many foodies out there in Jersey and help us find the best amateur chef on the Island!

Entries will be accepted up until 14th October with finalists needing to be available to attend a cook-off on Sat 19th October.

Entries can be submitted to: