Put your chef whites on, Cardiff council’s healthy cooking competition is back

The cooking challenge will see 50 households battling it out to make the most delicious looking wholesome meals and win £150

With leafy greens and vegetable goodness, the cooking challenge aims to inspire families to make healthy choices. Image credit: Alyson McPhee

Cardiff council’s money advice team has partnered with a local sustainable food group to find the city’s best culinary whizz in the second instalment of their healthy cooking challenge.

The competition will see 50 households tasked with creating five nutritious and delicious family meals by 20 December. 

Each competitor will receive all the ingredients and basic equipment needed to take part in the challenge, along with online video tutorials and budget-friendly recipe cards.

Funded by a Welsh Government fund which aims to tackle food poverty and food insecurity in Wales, the winners will be awarded a £150 supermarket shopping voucher. 

Advice manager Sam Gane revealed this is part of a series of three challenges, the first of which took place in March.

Participants will be judged on their presentation skills and how tasty their dishes look. Image credit: Blathnaid Chennell

Food Cardiff, who is partnering with Cardiff council, seeks to promote healthy eating and sustainable produce within the city and was largely responsible for the capital winning a sustainable food award earlier this year. 

Cardiff is the first place in Wales to receive the silver award, which is based on six key areas including building public awareness, active food citizenship and a local good food movement as well as tackling food poverty, diet-related ill-health, and access to affordable healthy food. 

Pearl Costello, Food Cardiff’s co-ordinator, said: “Good food creates strong, healthy resilient communities,” and the healthy cooking competition is a great way to illustrate this. 

You don’t have to be a culinary expert to make great healthy food

Shân Williams, a retired Welsh chef, said the initiative is a great way to show families that healthy cooking can be delicious as well as inexpensive. 

She believes you don’t have to be a culinary expert to make great healthy food.

The mother of three said, “It needs to be promoted, and challenges like this will encourage more people to make better choices.” 

If you would like to get involved in the challenge, contact advicehub@cardiff.gov.uk or call 029 2087 1071

A budget-friendly vegan roasted aubergine and tomato curry for all the family 

This simple yet delicious plant-based curry will feed up to four and takes less than an hour to make

This curry can be frozen, perfect for those midweek suppers. Source: BBC good food