Winners announced in Mersey leftovers food competition

Winners in the Merseyside and Halton ‘Make 28 Taste Great’ recipe competition were announced on Sunday (8th Sept) at Liverpool Food & Drink Festival.

The recipe competition – organised by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority – was launched in response to the fact that 28% of waste in Merseyside and Halton is food waste. It looked to residents across the region for smart ways to use leftovers and ingredients to create healthy meals with a regional flavour.

Winners were announced in the Paul Askew Seafood Emporium at Liverpool Food & Drink Festival on what was the last day of National Zero Waste Week. The winners are:


Devon Crowley (age 15) from Heswall

Winner – age 11-18 Starters Category 2013

Devon cooked Cream Fields; Vegetable Soup with Crème fraîche


Georgia Barnabas (16) from Widnes.

Winner – age 11-18 Main Course Category 2013

Georgia’s recipe was Peawack & Chicken Pasta


Jordan Huyton (17) from Southport

Winner – age 11-18 Deserts and Drinks and age 11-18 Ambassador 2013

Jordan’s recipe was Mersey Forest Bread & Butter Pudding


David James Merrill (32) from Widnes.

Joint Winner – Starters Category 2013

David’s recipe was Christmas Leftovers Soup (Celeriac, Sprout & Bacon)


Denise Cullen (41) from Garston (L19)

Joint Winner – Starters Category 2013

Denise’s recipe was Fab Four Bruschetta Boats


Ann Griffiths (62) from Heswall

Joint Winner – Main Course Category 2013

Ann’s recipe was Whatever you make it! Sauce


Jude Samson (32) from Allerton (L18)

Joint Winner – Main Course Category and Ambassador 2013

Jude cooked Leftover Chicken Jambalaya


Vikki Chapman (32) from Wallasey

Winner – Desserts and Drinks Category 2013

Vikki’s recipe was Superlambanana Shake


The entries were judged by Widnes-born TV chef Brian Mellor and celebrated chef and Food Tourism Champion Paul Askew of Hope Street-based restaurant The London Carriage Works.

The ‘cook off’ event for the shortlisted contestants to decide the winning recipes took place in August at Liverpool Community College’s restaurant, The Academy.

The winners will have their recipes made into a new set of ‘regionally flavoured’ leftover recipe cards. The new cards will add a local twist to existing nationally available recipe cards used in the ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign by MRWA and will be available at events and festivals as well as downloadable from

Because the standard of entries was so high, eight recipe cards will be produced rather than six as originally planned.

Chef Brian Mellor said: “It is fantastic to see how inventive residents can be with leftovers and store cupboard ingredients. It was great spending a day with enthusiastic non-professional, home cooks at the cook-off and the decision was really difficult, helped by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Marketing Projects who have agreed to sponsor eight rather than six recipes.”

From the eight winners, two have been selected as ambassadors for the ‘Make 28 Taste Great’ campaign for 2013/14. The ambassadors – Jude Samson and Jordan Huyton – will be working with Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority to show how food waste can be reduced in the region.

Paul Askew said: “This was an amazing opportunity to help reduce food waste and inspire Merseyside residents to cook inspirational dishes from leftovers. I look forward to seeing the recipe cards in October.”

Liverpool Councillor and Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority Member, Laura Robertson-Collins, said: “It’s been really encouraging and rewarding to see so many people getting involved in the competition, we’ve engaged with over 20,000 residents.

“The enthusiasm of the entrants and quality of recipes shows that residents of Merseyside and Halton are getting the message that wasted food is wasted money. We’d like to thank all of our entrants and congratulate the winners. Hopefully they, like our ambassadors Jordan and Jude, will pass on these waste prevention messages to all their friends and family.”

Winners will also receive a box of seasonal vegetables from


More information at or on twitter @make28tastegr8

The sixth National Zero Waste Week ran from September 2nd to 8th, more information at

Background information on, and photos of, individual winners available.

Picture captions:

Above – Left to right top: MRWA Member Councillor Laura Robertson-Collins, Vikki Chapman, Denise Cullen, Paul Askew, Ann Griffiths, David James Merrill, MRWA Member Sefton Councillor Kevin Cluskey. Left to right bottom: Jude Samson, Jordan Huyton, Devon Crowley

Below – Chef Paul Askew with Winner and Ambassador Jude Samson and her Cabbage Box fruit and veg box.


Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (formerly Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority) is responsible for the disposal of municipal waste on Merseyside. Established in 1986, following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, it is a statutory Authority that works with all the local authorities on Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for Merseyside’s residents.

Members of the media can contact competition organisers:

Jane Harrad-Roberts, Marketing PRojects         07785 395705                           Twitter: @Make28TasteGr8

Or John Lally    0151 255 1444

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