Budding young chefs in the South of England have until Friday 20th April to enter their recipe creations to the Young Pea Chef of the Year 2018 competition, run by the Yes Peas! campaign and the Ocado Foundation, to be in with a chance of winning a grow-your-own project for their school.
The Ocado Foundation is offering each winning child a £500 donation for their school to fund 'Grow-Your-Own' projects as well as a personalised cooking hamper for the winning chef worth £50.
The Young Pea Chef of the Year 2018 is on the lookout for three talented children to take the title across three separate categories, including primary school children of any age up to Year Six, secondary school children in Years 7 and 8 and, due to high demand, this year’s new category for secondary school children in Years 9 to 11.
With support from chefs, media and farmers across the UK and with an incredible prize on offer from The Ocado Foundation, school children are invited to create a delicious dish using Britain’s favourite family vegetable, the humble pea and delight the UK with their fantastic feasts. The competition aims to challenge budding young chefs to develop a healthy and delicious recipe which includes the Great British pea as star of the show.
Rachel Green, Yes Peas! campaign ambassador and TV chef, said: “Last year we received over 100 fantastic recipes from children from across the UK, so we’re very excited to see what this year will bring. Thanks to the support from The Ocado Foundation, we hope to encourage even more young cooks to get involved and learn more about cooking with the Great British pea!
“Grow-Your-Own projects are a fantastic way to help children learn how vegetables are produced. Peas are an amazing source of vitamin A and C, are rich in protein, carbohydrate and fibre, and low in fat. The great British pea has been gracing our dinner tables for generations and we’re looking forward to seeing what the next generation can produce!”
Suzanne Westlake, Head of Corporate Responsibility at the Ocado Group, said: "The Ocado Foundation is very proud to be sponsoring the Young Pea Chef of the Year competition for 2018 – it’s wonderful to help children learn more about where their food comes from, and support them in finding new ways to eat healthily. We’re very much looking forward to seeing what this year can cook up and the amazing recipes that will be created in the kitchen with this great British vegetable!”
To enter the Young Pea Chef of the Year, in association with The Ocado Foundation, and for full terms and conditions, visit For pea recipe examples, visit
Follow the competition on Twitter @YesPeas and use the hashtag #youngpeachef to find out about the budding Young Pea Chefs and share your thoughts on who deserves to be crowned Young Pea Chef of the Year 2017.