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 skillsacross a range of ages. 

Student competition

The student cookery competition is now in its 11th year andopen 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 competitioninto 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 below links by the end of September.




Adult competition

Following the success of the student’s competition, JCG have decided to extend the contest to adults for the first time this 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 and well known restauranteur Marcus Calvani.

Adult competitors are in with the chance to win a fresh pasta making master class for four, along with a 3 course lunch and wine pairing at La Cantina along with a £50 voucher from SandpiperCI to be spent at any of their Food Halls. 

Rules and entry to the adult event can be viewed through the following link:

The competition requests that entrants consider making a generous donation towards the school’s fundraising efforts for a Ghana trip next year. Staff and pupils from the school will be looking to visit an orphanage in Ghana and working with the community to help enrich and benefit the lives of the girls there. Students have already raised enough funds to allow one Ghanaian student scholarship to university, but more funds are needed to make aa large as impact as possible. 

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 11th October with finalists needing to be available to attend a cook-off on Sat 14thOctober.