Tunnock’s Teacake Challenge


The Programme

Why set up a challenge?

The new GCSE and vocational courses require students to use good presentation skills and they need to practice these for their exams. 

In February 2018, Deborah Prigg, a teacher and member of the Food Teachers Centre community, shared her lesson idea on food styling. She used Tunnock’s Teacakes so that she could focus on the elements of decoration, added features and eye-catching presentation. It was an instant success! Many teachers were wowed by photos showing standard of presentation the students had achieved. Hundreds immediately tried out the lesson with their own students.

Fergus Loudon, the Sales Director at Tunnock’s has been following the story with us. Fergus and Karen Loudon came to our training day on 3rd November 2018, to present Deborah with an award and to help us launch the 2018-19 challenge (with a starter kit of items for schools to launch their own challenges). The Challenge proved to be a success beyond our wildest dreams, with schools as far away as Dubai taking part. The work produced by students proved to be of a commendable standard, and all were thrilled by receiving certificates recording their success, as well as prizes very kindly donated by Tunnock’s, for students and their teachers alike! 








The Challenge Winners 2020-21   

“Teacake Travels Around the World”

The Challenge for 2021 has now been judged and ratified and we are delighted to present the winning entries here. 



For more information please refer to the Teachers Centre Facebook group or contact Suzanne Gray


2023-23 Challenge: Patterns and Shapes

2023-23 Challenge: Patterns and Shapes

This year’s theme is Patterns and Shapes and there are different age categories.

You can find out more here:

And you can gain access to the dedicated competition group here: