Ripon School Children Cook Up Winning Recipes


The culmination of Lockwood’s British Food Competition took place this afternoon (20th March), with three children from St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary School in Ripon coming to cook in the restaurant’s kitchen with owner Matthew Lockwood.

Multi award-winning restaurant Lockwoods, on North Street, Ripon, launched the competition to find the best British recipe from the area’s school children, to help make children more aware of the pleasures of growing, cooking and eating good local food.

The three talented primary school chefs fought off competition from other schools to win the unique culinary contest, and come and cook at Lockwoods.

The children, Isla Ellis (10), Lucy Simenacz (10) and Maisie Willis (10) were declared winners due to their their beautifully designed and well thought-out British recipes of Eton Mess; Mini Toad in the Hole with onion gravy and carrot and swede mash; and a Brimham Bilberry Crumble with honey ripple ice-cream and ginger parkin biscuits, followed by local cheeses and Ripon Relish.

The school children made and decorated chocolate truffles for Mother’s Day as well as a sweet potato tart with red onion relish, and sugar work to embellish Lockwood’s famous chocolate pot and raspberry fool. The children loved getting their hands covered in chocolate and were incredibly knowledgeable about ingredients and cooking. All three also enjoyed tasting new items like cacao nibs and freeze-dried strawberries.

St. Wilfrid’s teacher Mrs. Karen Ellis, who accompanied the children said: “Congratulations to Isla, Lucy and Maisie for their hard work. It has been great to come to Lockwoods and cook in their kitchen. Matthew and his team were very helpful and they have inspired the girls to go home and cook tonight.”