Winners to be announced at Liverpool Food & Drink Festival

Winners in the Merseyside and Halton ‘Make 28 Taste Great’ recipe competition are to be announced on Sunday (8th Sept) at Liverpool Food & Drink Festival as National Zero Waste Week draws to a close.

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

The ‘cook off’ event for the twelve shortlisted recipes took place in August at Liverpool Community College’s restaurant, The Academy, under the watchful eyes of 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 winners will have their recipes made into a new set of ‘regionally flavoured’ signature recipe cards in each of two age groups (11-17 and 18 plus) and in three categories – starters, main courses and desserts and drinks.

TV 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 who’ve given us a tough decision to make. We’ve seen suggestions from Superlambanana Shakes to Fab Four Bruschetta Boats.”

Winners will be announced at Liverpool Food and Drink Festival on September 8th at Sefton Park at 1.30pm. in the Paul Askew Seafood Emporium on what is the last day of National Zero Waste Week.

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

The recipe campaign – called ‘Make 28 Taste Great’ – responds to the fact that 28% of waste in Merseyside and Halton is food waste. As much as £50 a month can be saved by using leftovers more effectively and by local shopping.

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