James Martin to front Make it with Mince Challenge 2012

Eblex has announced that the Red Tractor beef and lamb Make it with Mince Challenge 2012 will once again be fronted by TV chef James Martin.

Now in its seventh year, the competition is free to enter and open to all 11 to 16-year-olds in England. Eblex said it was designed to “engage, educate and inspire young people to get hands-on cooking experience and learn about the importance of good nutrition, quality ingredients and understanding where food comes from.”

The competition is being promoted to schools in a number of ways, including via the Meat and Education website www.meatandeducation.redmeatinfo.com and through direct contact with schools that took part in 2011.

To enter the competition by 19 October 2012, students need to submit a recipe they developed and cooked from scratch using lamb and beef. The national champion, who will be picked from six regional winners, will be given the opportunity to watch Martin’s show, Saturday Kitchen, filmed live in London and go behind the scenes at some of the capital’s top restaurants.

Martin said: “The competition is a great way to get hands-on experience in the kitchen, learn about quality ingredients and have great fun too. So if you love cooking, sign up now and perhaps you could be named as one of the country’s next young culinary stars of the future.”

For more information visit www.simplybeefandlamb.co.uk/makeitwithmince