Students to take part in cooking competition using Fairtrade ingredients

University staff will be giving their best impressions of foodie TV personalities Gregg Wallace and John Torode as they grill students in a Fairtrade-themed MasterChef competition to mark Fairtrade Fortnight, taking place from 23 February to 8 March.

The Residential and Commercial Services (RACS) team are encouraging students living in halls of residence to wow with their cooking and learn the value of Fairtrade at the same time.

Students will be challenged to show their cooking abilities within a budget of £10 and using at least one Fairtrade item or ingredient. The competition takes place over three heats with the final taking place on 27 February where the winners will be crowned.

The students’ dishes will be scored on taste, texture, presentation and originality by three judges from RACS. The event is built on the success of running their Oadby Student Village Fairtrade Bake Off event in 2014.

RACS provide a wide range of Fairtrade products, from hot drinks, cold beverages, and chocolate bars in their outlets to Fairtrade Clothing in the on-campus Bookshop and much more.