Head Office News
8th July 2015



Congratulations to our winning chef Daniel Powell

Today was the grand final of the Busy Bees Vegetarian Collection chef competition and what a day it has been!

We saw 12 fantastic chefs from our Busy Bees nurseries battle it out to create an award-winning vegetarian dish for children under the age of 5. Entries included a wide variety of yummy dishes such as mushroom casserole, vegetarian burger, savoury cupcakes, aubergine cannelloni and a cheese and potato pie with sugar snap peas and parsley sauce.

Our judging panel of experts included Hannah Braye, Certification Officer from the Soil Association, Alex Connell, Principal Tutor and Chef from The Vegetarian Society Cookery School, Matthew Parker, Chef at 16Hospitality and Marg Randles, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Busy Bees Childcare.

The high standard and quality of all entries at this year’s final was outstanding, which made it a very long and hard deliberation to determine a winner. But, after much discussion, tasting and consideration… and a little more tasting there was a definite winner.

Congratulations to Daniel Powell from Busy Bees at Farnborough QinetiQ for his winning Mediterranean Vegetable and Bean Hotpot!

Daniel, our winning chef, has been awarded with £500 worth of brand new cooking equipment for his nursery Farnborough QinetiQ, a personal high street voucher, and his dish will be featured on the seasonal menu at every Busy Bees nursery for our children to enjoy.

Mel Fox, Senior Catering Manager commented,

“Whoever said vegetarian food was boring, was so very wrong, Today the bar was raised, all of our chefs produced food that was full of flavours, colours and imagination. They  all cooked with such passion, it was truly inspirational.  The Busy Bees Catering Team are so proud of all the chefs in the competition and indeed in all nurseries.  Such a brilliant day”

Marg Randles, Managing Director of Busy Bees Childcare and one of the four judges said “The quality of the entries surpassed all expectations. The commitment and passion of our chefs was so obvious, and I just loved the way each and every one of them involved the children in so many imaginative ways. We are lucky to have so many talented people giving our children the best start in life.”

We would like to thank all of our finalists who made this such a successful and enjoyable competition – you all did a fantastic job.  

We hope that you will join us in wishing Daniel many congratulations for all his hard work and champion dish! We cannot wait for all of the children at our Busy Bees nurseries to enjoy this meal, for its nutrients as well as delicious taste.