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 2020-21   

“Teacake Travels Around the World”

The Challenge for 2021 is to present a Tunnock’s Teacake to the theme of “Teacake Travels Around the World”. Judging criteria are: presenting a stunning dish, creativity, skills and the use of ethically sourced ingredients.

Your idea should reflect traditions, sights, smells and/or tastes of a chosen country or culture. Ingredients do not have to be sourced from a chosen country if this adds to food miles, alternatives are acceptable.

*One student can be entered for each of the categories from each school.


Link to the POSTER to promote the competition at schools

Get more details here  and here is the link for the teaching Resources



Up to 14 years of age

14 + years of age

Most novel

How to Enter

Teachers who enter their schools MUST be members of the Food Teachers Centre Facebook group, and this automatically gives you membership of the Tunnock’s Teacake Challenge group. All entries MUST be accompanied by complete entry details for each student which can be found in the Teacake Challenge group “How to Enter”. Entries WILL NOT be accepted without completed picture entry details.

Please read the How to Enter and Rules (T&Cs) section of the Tunnock’s Teacake Challenge for full details

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