Competition Overview

The Inspiring Culinary Generations (ICG) Competition is a national competition designed to acknowledge & encourage excellence in the catering industry and in the home. This event reaches out to all children, young catering students & keen home cooks who have a passion for cooking.

Established in 2012, the Awards quickly assumed a prominent position, attracting the attention of a prestigious group of sponsors and partners. This interest has grown year on year and we are delighted to have the competition become an annual calendar event.

Open to home cooks and students anywhere in the UK, the course is supported by the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, Teflon™ Non-Stick Coatings - Chemours and by The Bournemouth & Poole College.

We are offering the winners in all three categories the chance to win some great prizes.


For students, this is certainly one of the best opportunities to gain insight into the industry and, depending upon their age, potentially a life changing opportunity to receive a three-year Specialised Chefs Scholarship, training to become a fully qualified chef. The scholarship is divided into two categories; work based training with a chef member of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts at one of the finest hotels or restaurants in the UK and full time block release tuition at Bournemouth & Poole College.

Then, for the home foodie who loves to cook and wants to simply showcase their skills, passions and knowledge, there is the chance to win cookware & a luxury hamper.

A passion for food and cookery often starts in the home, so we're inviting children under the age of 18 to enter with their parents/grandparents or guardian (over 18) in a competition that sees generations working together, sharing passions and inspiring each other.

A team of esteemed judges chaired by Lesley Waters will choose their Regional Champions from online entries, inviting them to attend the national cook-off.

Simple Entry Process

Online based, we ask each participant to submit their recipe ingredients and method along with a photo of their cooked dish via the Enter Now form.

The deadline for entries is Monday 9th November 2020.




Our judges will take all the submissions and shortlist their top 12 for the Aspiring Student Chef categories and then the top 24 for the Keen Family Cooks and Keen Home Cook categories. These finalists will be notified by email and invited to cook at the National Final.


The National Final Venue

If you are one of the lucky ones selected by our judging panel from your online entry, you will be entered into the national final. It's that simple!

The national cook off will take place at the Waitrose Cookery School in London on Wednesday 27th January 2021 for the Keen Home Cooks and Keen Young Cooks (aged 11-13 years old).

The national cook off will take place at Bournemouth & Poole College on Friday 29th January 2021 for the Keen Young Cooks (aged 14-16) & Aspiring Student Chefs.

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