The competition, sponsored by Doves Farm, in partnership with West Berkshire Council and Veolia Environmental Services encourages families to share their favourite leftover recipes and help people to use up food that they would otherwise put in the bin.
Dominic Boeck, West Berkshire's Executive Councillor for the Environment said,
"The competition is part of the local Love Food, Hate Waste campaign which aims to combat the issue of UK families throwing away 7.2 million tonnes of food waste a year, most of which could have been eaten. I'm looking forward to seeing the creative ways in which Hungerford residents are enjoying their leftover food."
Finalists will get the chance to cook their dishes at the Hungerford Food Festival on Sunday 29 September.
To enter, just take inspiration from your fridge or cupboards and send in your recipes to be judged by our Love Food, Hate Waste chef – include a before and after photo and make sure your recipes are sent in no later than Monday 16 September.
Val Montgomery, a Hungerford resident, remembers her mother mincing up a Sunday roast to make a cottage pie on Mondays.
“I’m a grandmother now and I’ve always used up leftovers like my own mother. I’m so pleased that my thrifty habits are back in fashion!”
Brian Quinn, another local resident added
“I always threw away my leftover food automatically, without even thinking I could still use it. I didn’t realise how easy it was to turn my leftover curry into a spicy soup for lunch the next day. And my leftover mash is perfect for fishcakes!”
There are four categories for entries: Savoury dishes (11-16yrs); Savoury dishes (17yrs and up); Sweet dishes (11-16yrs); Sweet dishes (17yrs and up). Recipes must include leftovers and can also include store cupboard staples. Full terms and conditions are available on the website www.hungerfordfoodfestival.com.
For more information please contact:
0203 567 2918 or 07887 942 754