A borough councillor and waste education experts got the chance to taste food that students had rustled up using leftovers.
Cllr Peter McEwan from Corby Borough Council and Kirsten Grundy and Heather Marden from the Northamptonshire Waste Education Scheme, judged the hard-fought competition, which had prizes of £50 and £25 vouchers for the winner and runner up respectively.
There was a variety of sweet and savoury dishes devised, including a traditional Russian salad, bacon cakes and cupcakes made by melting toffee and chocolate.
The ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ competition was launched by Kirsten and Heather last month during an assembly on food miles, food wastage and recycling. Students submitted their own favourite recipes using leftovers and 17 of them took part in the cook-off.
Conor Judge made bacon cakes using a method he made up himself: ‘It is a simple recipe using potatoes, onions and bacon. The obvious other ingredients are eggs and flour and you put it all together and the end results taste nice.’
Dasha Palamarchuk prepared a salad using beef and gherkins and a fruit drink made by boiling fresh fruit with sugar and water. Dasha, a keen cook, said: ‘It is a traditional recipe and very common in Russian culture. I am from Russia originally and this is the sort of thing we make at home, for Christmas mainly.’
Charlotte Stewart produced a soup from the remains of a roast chicken dinner while, for those with a sweet tooth, there was Lauren Smith’s banana bread or Judah Stephenson’s cupcakes made by melting sweets.
Food technology teacher Miss Letchet said: ‘This was a fantastic competition as everyone came up with really different recipes, using everyday ingredients so they are easy to prepare. The students made very tasty dishes and it was difficult to pick out a winner. Thanks to all those that took part, especially our judges, who quizzed students on their recipes, ingredients and cooking methods. Love Food, Hate Waste focuses on making the best use of our food, an important message in these times when the news is full of stories about failed harvests and increasing food prices around the globe.’