Head Office News
8th November 2016

Kettering nursery chef wins biscuit competition

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Staff, parents, and keen bakers from our nurseries across the country showcased their culinary creations at the final of the 'Healthy Biscuit, Happy Me' national competition, by Burton's Biscuits.

As part of the competition, staff members, children and parents across the country were invited to create a tasty and healthy sweet or savoury biscuit, along with an explanation of why it is healthy in a bid to win the grand prize.

And the winner is...

During the grand final on Friday 28th October, our COO, Cheryl Creaser judged entries along with the Soil Association and Burton’s Biscuits. Anthony Clarke from Busy Bees at Kettering was crowned to winner for his Sweet Potato and Apricot Biscuits, after he impressed with his careful consideration of texture, flavour and reduced sugar content.

Children from our nursery in Kettering helped Anthony, their nursery chef, to design the finished biscuit and as part of his prize they can now look forward to seeing the healthy biscuit created and may well be taken into production by Burton’s Biscuits as a result.

Anthony Clarke, our nursery chef at Kettering, said: “Burton’s Biscuits is a such a well-respected company, so it is an honour for them to create something we have designed, and also recognise the work we put all in!

“When I initially heard about the competition I was inspired to come up with a biscuit that the children at the nursery could not only enjoy the taste of but more importantly, has some nutritional value to it. Involving children in the biscuit making process was also very important as their input helps to make the idea a reality and it also helps us to introduce healthier eating options to children from an early age.”

David Persaud, Catering Mark Development Manager for the Midlands from the Soil Association Certification, who was on the judging panel, said:

“The standard of the biscuits produced throughout the competition were very high. There were some really innovative ideas using a wide range of tastes and ingredients and it was really interesting to see how much variety there was between the sweet and savoury biscuits and even within the categories themselves. It has been a real adventure for the taste buds!”

Mel Fox, our Senior Catering Manager said:

“Busy Bees know that parents like to involve their children in cooking activities at home and our chefs are always willing to share their recipes of our fabulous, nutritious dishes found on our menus. We therefore thought this competition provided a great opportunity to invite parents to help create a “Healthier Biscuit” as we know that baking homemade biscuits is a family tradition for many families and we really wanted to encourage their input too!”

Fellow judge, Liam Trow, Head of Research and Development at Burton’s Biscuits, said: “Anthony’s biscuit was a fantastic overall winner. We have a savoury chef who I’m sure would be delighted to start work on this biscuit and getting it into production.”

In addition to Anthony being chosen as the overall winner, three regional winners were also chosen by our panel as runners up, who received a selection of Burton’s Biscuit prizes.