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 2019-20

Students are to produce a plate with a focus on the presentation of a Tunnock’s Teacake and we will be looking for the most stunning plate created. The theme for the creations is to be “Seasons”.

Entries will be judged for creativity; presentation; skills and adding nutritional balance to the plate by the use of seasonal, locally sourced ingredients relevant to their design.

By plate, we meant any receptacle, so it could be china; slate, wooden etc.

Entries can only be made using the link below. All members of the Food Teachers centre automatically are members of the Tunnock’s Teacake Challenge group. Please read the entry details in the group to ensure you enter correctly. Schools may submit ONE entry for each category

  • Up to 14 year olds
  • 14-17 year olds
  • Most novel

CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES is Friday 17th April 2020.

For more information look in the For more information look in the Food Teachers Centre Facebook group or contact Suzanne Gray