National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

24 September 2013


Cooking doesn’t get tougher than this for more than 100 Young Farmers whose culinary efforts will be judged by former Masterchef finalist Ben Axford at the Malvern Autumn Show this weekend.

The cookery challenge, which is hosted on Saturday 28 September, is an annual competition for members of NFYFC and this year’s theme is Best of British.

Competitors from across England and Wales will represent their home counties by producing the themed four course meal using locally sourced ingredients.

This is the third year Masterchef finalist Ben [pictured] has judged the competition alongside two other food specialists. Ben has cooked at 10 Downing Street and for eight chefs at The Savoy, as well as writing for the BBC Good Food magazine.

Ben said: “This year I’ll be looking forward to seeing what leaps and bounds the teams have made in terms of menu concepts, cooking skills and presentation. Hopefully they’ll be learning each year from the feedback their predecessors have received. 

“It will be interesting to see what trends come through across the board, and as always I am fascinated at the ingenuity teams’ display in overcoming both the equipment and time constraints they are under.  This is a great opportunity for all Young Farmers to challenge themselves to deliver incredible dishes with home grown produce, whilst also being a really fun day.”

In total more than 200 Young Farmers will compete in NFYFC competitions at this year’s Malvern Autumn Show, where members of the public can learn more about one of the largest rural youth organisation in the UK. As well as cookery, Young Farmers will also be competing in junior, intermediate and senior floral arts competitions on Sunday 29th September, creating floral displays to the theme of ‘Best of British Farming.’

NFYFC Competitions Chairman Hannah Talbot said:

“NFYFC always looks forward to the Malvern Autumn Show because it’s such a great event to host our competition finals of cookery and floral arts. We welcome members of the public to come and visit us over the weekend to see what our Young Farmers are creating and to learn more about our fantastic organisation. We’re thrilled to have Ben judging our cookery competition again – he understands what it’s like to cook when you’re under pressure! Our theme is Best of British this year and I can’t wait to see what treats our members have in store.”


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