As part of the Foster Care Fortnight 2020 celebrations the fostering service ran an All-comers Bake-off Challenge to show off your favourite creations. It was open to all the young people, foster carers and birth children, as well as the fostering service staff so as you can imagine competition was strong! We were looking for either sweet or savoury dishes that could be baked, fried, steamed, boiled, grilled or frozen so anything went.

To make sure everyone had a chance to win we asked each entry was accompanied by a sentence saying why this was a favourite dish. It may bring back happy memories, be the first dish you learnt to cook, your go to comfort food when you’re down or be a traditional dish passed down the generations.

The theme of this year’s fortnight was #thisisfostering and we think nothing says fostering like food. Cooking crosses all boundaries and holds the power to be something special be it culturally or through happy memories and feelings of comfort and safety. This is especially powerful in fostering. Cooking and food encourages togetherness, listening and learning with the kitchen often the place where the most open and honest conversations are had.

We had a great response with a great array of entries showing off  some great meals, dishes, desserts and treats. The King of Cooks prize went to the fantastic, huge chocolate cake in the pictures above and there were prizes for the best entries in each category as well. As it was a bit of fun we gave a Disaster in the kitchen award too – the wooden spoon!