YOUNG people can try their hands at cooking local food with the help of a new recipe booklet.

Let’s Cook Local features recipes from the eight finalists of the Hampshire school cookery competition Create and Cook, which took place during this year’s Hampshire Food Festival.

Let’s Cook Local aims to inspire young people to get creative in the kitchen using locally grown ingredients. The booklet is being distributed free to all 12 to 14 year olds in secondary schools across Hampshire, to coincide with the launch of the 2011 Create and Cook Competition run by fit2cook food education.

Here is a selection of the recipes.

The 2011 Create and Cook Cookery Competition will be launched on November 29 at Lainston House Hotel near Winchester. For more information, email

The Let’s Cook Local recipe booklet is also available to download at