Emily’s Exquisite Welsh Lamb Koftas Wow Celebrity Chef

A major cookery competition involving hundreds of youngsters from across Wales reached its climax at the Urdd National Eisteddfod in Pencoed near Bridgend this week.

The ‘CogUrdd’ contest’s primary schools category challenged children from years 4, 5 and 6 to come up with delicious meals of Welsh Lamb koftas and a cauliflower tabbouleh, with the finalists cooking in front of a live audience at the Eisteddfod Maes. The winner, chosen by TV chef Beca Lyne-Pirkis, was Emily Carlson from Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Llwynderw in West Cross, Swansea.

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) supported the event by providing locally-sourced PGI Welsh Lamb mince for the young competitors.

“It was great to see the enthusiasm and the exceptional skills of the young chefs,” said HCC’s Owen Roberts. “The CogUrdd competition does great work in sparking young people’s enthusiasm in food and cooking, and it’s also a great way to teach children about balanced diets and how food is produced.

“HCC was proud to support the finals in Pencoed by providing PGI Welsh Lamb mince,” added Owen. “As part of our work in schools, we’re also holding workshops for teachers, and producing a range of bilingual videos and materials for the classroom which give up-to-date information on how to prepare meat, and the role of lamb, beef and pork in a healthy diet.”