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Calling all Canberra cooks

Healthier Choices Canberra is on the hunt for Canberra’s best healthier recipes – do you think you’ve got what it takes to win the Great Canberra Cook Off?

Entries are now open for this year’s Great Canberra Cook Off, where novice cooks across the ACT are invited to share their recipes using high-quality, healthier food options.

The ACT Government’s Healthier Choices Canberra initative is running the cook off in a bid to get Canberrans cooking healthier meals, and there are three age categories so the whole family can get involved: ‘Little Chef’ for those aged eight to 12, ‘Teen Chef’ for 13-18 year olds and the ‘Stripped Back Chef’, open to everyone over 18.

“Combining the great quality of food and the flavours into a unique Canberra recipe is what this competition is all about,” says the Healthy Eating Hub’s Kate Freeman.

She says Canberrans are lucky to be surrounded by fresh, healthy produce that contributes greatly to our better standard of living, and the competition looks to showcase these ingredients.

“We’re keen to find and showcase a winner from each category who can put their healthier signature dish ‘out there’ for the community to enjoy and to contribute to our population health strategy.

“For the ‘Stripped Back Chef’ competition geared for the domestic cook, what we’ll be looking for in particular, is that healthier food option for school and sport canteens.”

Four finalists will be selected in the Stripped Back Chef category, where recipes are required to be suitable for ‘stripped back’ equipment such as those in school and sporting canteens. The finalists will Cook Off at EPIC Farmers Market on Saturday 30 November.

Four finalists will be selected for both the Little Chef and Teen Chef categories as well, before the final Cook Off event on Tuesday 3 December. Little Chef finalists will also have the opportunity to work with a local celebrity before their final Cook Off.

Aside from bragging rights, winners of each category will be eligible for prizes including a party for 10 at the National Zoo and Aquarium or the Bank indoor skate park, an escape room experience and a red Family Q barbecue.

“All finalists’ recipes will be featured in The Great Canberra Cook e-recipe book,” Ms Freeman says.

All entrants need to do is submit their ‘healthier recipe’ as well as a 60 second video about themselves and why they should be crowned the winner of the Great Canberra Cook Off.

So, what are you waiting for? Entries for The Great Canberra Cook Off close on Friday 8 November. For more information or to enter, visit health.act.gov.au/cookoff

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