edibLE16 competition winners presented with signed book from Frances Quinn

edibLE16 competition winners presented with signed book from Frances Quinn

Toby Ingram winner of the junior category, Anna Halberda winner of the secondary category and Emma Poggi Kendall member of edibLE16

Three competition winners from the Harborough area were awarded their prizes by local celebrity Frances Quinn this week as part of a competition run by edibLE16, Harborough’s community food hub.

edibLE16 launched the competition ‘Simply Delicious, Simply Local’ earlier this year. Local residents of all ages were invited to submit their recipe ideas for a chance to win a signed book by 2013 Great British Bake Off winner, Frances. The prizes were presented at Quinn’s bookshop on the High Street; where over 50 people attended a signing for her new book ‘Quintessential’.

Frances, who was also head judge, helped to decide the three winning entries which were submitted by Toby Ingram, Anna Halberda and Nathan Dare. All the winners met Frances in person and received their own signed copy of her new book which was launched this month (September) and is currently in the five best sellers list on Amazon.

“As someone who really enjoys baking, it is great to see so many diverse recipe ideas coming from local people,” comments Frances. “I admire the work that edibLE16 is doing to promote local food and the competition proved to be a really fun way of getting people to come up with inventive recipe ideas. It was a pleasure to help judge and present the prizes.”

Entrants could choose to create starters, a main course or dessert. However, they had to use at least one of the ingredients available via www.edible16.org.uk. The winning recipes included chocolate banana loaf, lemon and rhubarb meringue roulade and baked sausages with leeks, apples and cider.

“I’ve always really loved cooking, especially baking. My family and friends said I should enter because they love my chocolate banana loaf,” says junior winner, Toby Ingram. “It was great meeting Frances Quinn, she’s a really lovely person,” he adds.

edibLE16 is not for private profit organisation that aims to support local farmers and food producers in the local area and encourage shoppers to choose local food. Set up in October 2014, the hub provides a one stop shop for local produce, including meat, dairy, fruit and veg, beer, wine, cider and spirits, and baked goods. Customers select their shopping online and then collect it on Saturday mornings from the Admiral Nelson pub in Nelson Street.

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