Congratulations to Olympic Fruit and Veg art competition winners
By 28Maz28 | Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 12:27
Well done to the winners in the Create a Fruit and Veg Masterpiece 2012.
Winner Adam Hood with Carl Warner receiving his prize - London Skyline
Whilst all eyes are on the capital for this month's London
2012, six groups of primary school children were limbering up for a very
different kind of Olympics on Friday 29 June in the green fields of the 'Garden
of England' as they took part in the Olympic Live Final for 'Create A Fruit & Veg Masterpiece 2012'
at Broadview Gardens, Hadlow, in Kent.
The six finalists beat their way past close to 250 entries
from across Kent in the Produced in Kent inspired art competition (which is
sponsored by abm Catering, Hadlow College and RJ Kingsland & Son and
supported by the Kent 2012 Small Grants Fund).
The primary school aged children, lined up under starters
orders in front of TV's top food art photographer, Carl Warner (whose amazing
food landscapes have appeared on Blue Peter, The One Show and The Alan
Titchmarsh Show). The six finalists competed for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals
by recreating their entries in front of the judges, using only fruit and
vegetables that had been grown locally and in season in the 'Garden of
Julie Monkman, manager of Produced in Kent, an organisation
dedicated to championing food and drink producers in Kent, said: "There have
been many initiatives to try to engage young children with their environment
and eating healthy, from mother's 'eat your greens' to '5-A-Day'. The 'Create A
Fruit & Veg Competition' in Kent has shown that if you can make eating
healthily, locally and seasonally entertaining and engaging – it is possible to
interact and connect with hundreds of schools and dozens of children as young
as five. In the three years since introducing this competition we have seen a
trebling of entries across Kent – with teachers, parents and children keen to
explore and interact with fruit and vegetables that are grown locally and in
In the Individual
category, Carl Warner awarded a Gold medal to Adam Hood, aged 7, from Hever
Primary for his amazing Fruit & Veg
Cyclist, whilst 7 year old Joshua Beesley who is home schooled won Silver
for his Asparagus Spear Olympic Fencing
masterpiece and 5 year old Will Beverley, from Hever Primary School won Bronze
for his Veggie Canoeist.
In the Group category,
the food art photographer awarded a Gold medal to St Katherines (Class 6W),
Snodland for its Paralympics Wheelchair
Racing masterpiece, Silver to the All Saints C of E Primary School's
Allotment Club, Chatham, for its Best of
British Olympic Runners, and Bronze to Ashford Friars (Class 2T), for its Fruit & Veg Olympic Running Shoe.
As well as their medals and a delicious afternoon tea
provided by abm Catering at Broadview Tearooms, the children walked away with
an armful of fantastic prizes including framed food art pictures and books from
Carl Warner, signed book from double gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes and some
bumper gardening goodies from Broadview Garden Centre to encourage children to
continue to learn how to 'grown their own' in the 'Garden of England'.