Bake Off queen Frances Quinn to judge Harborough recipes contest

Market Harborough's Bake Off queen Frances Quinn
Market Harborough's Bake Off queen Frances Quinn

A Market Harborough food hub is launching a competition to find recipes from residents of all ages.

The edibLE16 organisation is inviting all residents from the Harborough area to submit their recipe ideas under one of three different age groups – primary school age, secondary school age or 18s and over.

Entries for the Simply Delicious, Simply Local contest will then be judged by none other than Market Harborough’s Frances Quinn, the 2013 champion of the BBC hit show the Great British Bake Off.

The idea for the competition came from edibLE16’s Judy Burrage, who has been impressed by the many recipes that customers have created from its click-and-collect Harborough food hub.

She said: “As an online food hub, we source quality local food producers to offer their product direct to the public.

“People order from us and then collect it in person on a Saturday morning.

“That way we get to hear about the various dishes that they have created from the ingredients they’ve bought from us.

“I thought it would be a good idea to share these delicious-sounding recipes, as well as rewarding their creators.”

All types of recipes can be entered including starters, mains and desserts, which should include at least one ingredient available from the edibLE16 website at www. Prizes on offer to the winning entrants include signed books and £50 worth of vouchers.

To enter, residents must select a favourite recipe, list the ingredients and a clear method, and take a photo of the finished item.

Anyone wishing to enter the competition should visit the website for full details and an application form.

“I’m sure everybody has a favourite dish, and I would love to hear about them,” said Frances.

“I’m sure it’s not going to easy to whittle them down but I’m looking forward to meeting the finalists and ultimately deciding on the three winning entries.”

The deadline for entries is Monday, April 27, and the judging will take place on Saturday, May 9.

EdibLE16 was set up in October 2014 and provides a one-stop shop for local produce, including meat, dairy, fruit, veg, beer, wine, cider, spirits, and baked goods.

Customers select their shopping online and then collect it on Saturday mornings from The Admiral Nelson pub in Nelson Street, Harborough.

The not-for-profit organisation aims to support local farmers and food producers in the Harborough area and to encourage shoppers to choose local food.