Taste of Game Competition

Two William Howard students have gained top awards in a nationwide cookery competition. Poppy Gregory (year 11) and Daniel Rickerby (year 8) competed with more than 80 students from all over the country, who developed their own game recipe as part of the School Game Changer project. The challenge set by Taste of Game and the Food Teachers Centre was to create a quick and easy game meat recipe with a modern twist. The top 18 will have their recipes published in a booklet which will be available at events and game fairs across the country. The top eight join a masterclass at Northcote Hotel Lancashire and three Judges Commendations invited to cook lunch in the Michelin starred kitchen with Chef Lisa Goodwin- Allen for their parents and teachers.

Judging took place at Northcote with the top three Judges Commendations being chosen by Chef Lisa Goodwin–Allen, Chef Bruno and Chef Emma Lawson. All top 18 dishes were cooked and tasted.

Daniel Rickerby achieved a bronze award for his Keepers Dish of the Day, and Poppy Gregory scooped the top gold award and one of only 3 judges commendations for her Teriyaki Rabbit.


Poppy’s Teriyaki Rabbit


Daniel’s Keeper’s Dish of the Day.

Miss E Mckenna Teacher of Food and Nutrition at William Howard said, ‘As a food teacher the game stars competition was such a fantastic opportunity that I couldn’t miss involving my students in. It allowed students to be challenged and to apply their skills in a broader context outside of the school environment. It also gave a brilliant starting point for the teaching and discussion of local produce, provenance and seasonality. And such a fantastic prize!!! Which will help students develop their skills further in a professional environment with such an amazing mentor. It has inspired our students and let their imaginations fly!’

Louise Davies Founder Food Teachers Centre: ‘Judging this year’s Game Stars competition for secondary school pupils has been a real pleasure. The winners submitted creative and delicious recipes with exciting modern twists.  They showcased brilliant skills preparing and cooking game, plus making incredible sauces, pastries and accompaniments. Their dishes had the ‘wow’ factor in every respect.  Many of these students had not cooked game before the joined the Schools Game Changer programme 18 months ago, so it is very pleasing to see how quickly their skills have progressed in that short time.’

Annette Woolcock Head of Taste of Game said ‘ the number of entries were really impressive and the standard shows just how successful the game changer project is, the students are now happily cooking with game which has not happened before and developing fantastic recipe suitable for today’s menus’

Chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen said ‘We were thrilled to see so many entries – the standard was very high which made it incredibly difficult to choose winners. Throughout the entries there was clever use of ingredients and the recipes really brought game to the table in an inspiring way. To everyone who didn’t win this time, please try again, it’s been very enjoyable seeing many different ideas submitted. It’s been a fantastic first year of the competition and hope there will be many more to come.’