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Celebrity chef launches sixth form survivor competition

Celebrity chef James Martin has launched a 'Sixth Form Survivor Competition', which is a Northern Ireland-wide recipe challenge to find the 'Ultimate Sixth Form Survivor'.

The competition, organised by the Food Standards Agency, targets sixth formers before they leave school to encourage them not only to eat healthily but also to think of new and fun ways to cook. To enter, students simply log on to Survivor Form (see link below) and upload their recipes for a chance to win a place in the grand final hosted by James Martin at the Ulster Museum, Belfast on Tuesday 23 March 2010.

The competition is part of a campaign to promote the 'Survival Guide to Food' a handy guide for sixth form students in Northern Ireland that communicates the skills needed to eat well and stay healthy when preparing to leave home for the first time.

Elaine Donaghy, Communications Manager, Food Standards Agency Northern Ireland, said: 'We have had a fantastic response from schools all over Northern Ireland who are currently using the 'Survival Guide to Food' in classrooms, so we expect a lot of interest from students in the Sixth Form Survivor Competition. The competition is a great way to encourage students to practice their favourite recipes in the classroom or at home, before entering them online. The grand final with James Martin promises to be a fantastic event bringing together the best Sixth Form Survivors from across Northern Ireland to compete to win £1,000 of equipment for their school along with the Ultimate sixth Form Survivor title.'

Entrants with a recipe in the top 100 will receive a voucher and a Sixth Form Survivor certificate. Five regional winners will be selected from the 100 recipes to win vouchers, a school award and go on to represent their region in a grand final where, following a number of cooking related challenges, James Martin will announce the 'Ultimate Sixth Form Survivor' in Northern Ireland. The winner will receive £1,000 worth of equipment for their school, £250 vouchers and a bespoke award for their school.

Host of the sixth Form Survivor Cook Off Final, James Martin, said: 'This is a fantastic way of getting teenagers who are leaving home to learn about what type of food they should be eating and how to cook and develop their own recipes. Judging by the interest in the Survival Guide To Food, I have no doubt there are lot of budding young chefs in Northern Ireland who will be entering their recipes for a chance to win some fantastic prizes and a place in the grand final.'

For more information on the Sixth Form Survivor Competition or to enter the recipe challenge, log on to Survivor Form (see link below). The deadline for entries is Friday 5 March 2010. This competition is only open to sixth form pupils studying at schools in Northern Ireland.