TeenChef – Healthy cooking in Hungary

3 Mar 2014

TeenChef is the flagship corporate responsibility programme of Tesco Hungary, focusing on educating children about healthy eating, living and cooking.

The programme started with a cooking competition for children aged 8-14. Over a hundred children participated in the competition, where they were asked to cook their favourite healthy meal, take photos or a video of it, and then upload the visuals onto the TeenChef website.

30 of the best entries were then invited to the finals on 25-26 January to cook their meal in front of a jury. The Jury consisted of a chef, a gastro blog writer, a nutritionist and the founder of a cooking school.

Watch a video of the young chefs in action:  



The winners were treated to some great prizes: 

  • 1st: A trip to London for two nights to attend a cooking programme in Jamie Oliver's Recipease cooking school. 
  • 2nd: A visit to one of the most famous restaurants in Hungary, Kistucsok, and a chance to learn from its head chef. The winner will also be able to cook dinner for their family with the support of the kitchen staff.
  • 3rd: The chef on the jury will visit the winner's family and cook them Sunday lunch. 

The overall winner was 10 year old Ádám Mosonyi, who prepared a salmon dish with mashed pumpkin and orange, finishing it off with a quince fruit-cup. The judges praised the harmony of flavours and the strong focus on health. It tasted great too!

The TeenChef campaign will continue with a range of events, including a creative cooking competition for primary schools and a roadshow giving the chance for some young chefs to teach other children how to cook healthy meals.