Chance to cook up a storm

COOKS across Hartlepool are being urged not to miss out on a chance to showcase their culinary talents.

They have until noon next Friday to submit their entries for Hartlepool’s Best Dish 2012 competition, which is being organised by the council in partnership with Hartlepool College of Further Education.

The fun competition, formerly known as Hartlepool Masterchef, aims to bring people of all ages and cooking abilities together.

The competition is to be held at the Stockton Street-based college, with heats commencing on Monday, October 29.

Heat winners will then go through to the grand final on Friday, November 2.

Contestants will have two hours to make one healthy, balanced dish and the recipe must include at least one of the recommended five a day. All ingredients will be provided up to a maximum cost of £10.

As well as a top prize of £100, there will be second and third prizes of £75 and £50 respectively.

Irene Cross, a neighbourhood development officer with the council, said: “We’ve already sent out a number of entry forms, but we are aware that there may be other people out there who are keen to be given the opportunity to show off their cooking skills.

“We want to stress that the competition is open to people of all cooking abilities and we have changed its name to emphasise its fun, amateur nature.”

The competition is open to individuals and groups. The minimum entry age is eight, and there is no maximum age limit.

Entry forms can be obtained from Irene Cross, a Neighbourhood Development Officer with Hartlepool Council, on (01429) 855560 or by e-mailing Irene Cross