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Event
Max. participants
50
Min. duration
5 hours
Cost per head
£15
Mode
In-Person, Online
Team phase
Forming, Norming, Performing, Adjourning

About the intervention

Share food from home and impress your mates with your cooking skills. Turn it into a friendly competition and get your lecturers/wardens/hall seniors to judge!

How to set it up.

Remote

  • Set up a Cooking Competition Team on MS Teams with a public channel for each team. 

In-person

  • Choose a venue with enough space. Preferably with sinks.

  • Prepare tables, kitchen appliances and cooking utensils(ovens, kettles, dishes, spoons, knives, electric hobs, saucepans, woks, etc). Make sure the venue is able to supply electricity for all the electronic appliances.

  • Make a thorough safety plan in terms of emergency caused due to electricity or fire. Send it to all facilitators and participants, and ask them to read it.

  • Prepare napkins, cleaning cloths and other necessary cleaning tools to clean up the venue after the competition.

  • Make a thorough safety plan in terms of emergency caused due to electricity or fire. Send it to all facilitators and participants, and ask them to read it. 

Both remote and in-person

  • Choose a theme (for example, biscuits, pizza, ethnic foods, food beginning with a certain letter).

  • Provide a budget for ingredients. Reimburse participants to encourage more entries. 

  • Prepare exciting prizes for the winners (for example vouchers, merchandise or a trophy). Encourage everyone to participate as teams!

What to do during.

  • Have a time limit of 1-3 hours to prepare a meal.

  • (Remote only) Each team should be in their respective channels, cooking with the camera ON. 

  • Judges and audience members should be able to check in on the teams via their channels.

  • Create a social media channel on Teams, or Instagram Stories, and appoint a Social Media Director to record the action.

  • Encourage a variety of diets such as vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

How you can mix it up ...

Remote adaptation: A remote cooking competition could be organised with modified judging criteria. Judges feast with their eyes instead of their taste buds, and participants must tell a story about their food.


Material: The hall can provide them with random ingredients, and they can try make a dish with those ingredients only.


Process: All the countries they come from can be written in a piece of paper and folded, and each person chooses one randomly and has to try cook a dish from that country.


Themes: a. Eurovision b. Food that begins with a certain letter c. Pizza Party d. Biscuits and Cookies, inspired by The Great British Bake Off e. Cupcakes f. Pie g. Ethnic or National Foods h. Cocktails

Useful resources.

No resources needed.

Cooking Competition