05:20PM, Sunday 20 March 2016
Plans for a schools cooking competition for children across the borough was the winner of the Royal Borough’s Bright Idea Challenge junior prize.
Sammi Talha, 12, of Trevelyan Middle School in Wood Close, Windsor, won the under-18s category with his culinary idea.
He received a trophy at the Royal Borough’s awards evening at Windsor Guildhall on Friday, March 11.
“When I first heard about the competition I thought about doing a cooking competition where all of the kids in the schools could send a healthy menu in,” said Sammi.
A group of applicants would then be invited to cook their menu for a celebrity chef to judge a winner, he said.
Sammi, whose interest in cooking developed through his grandmother, did not know he had won the prize until the awards evening, when he met the judges.
“The man from the council introduced me to the judges as the junior winner,” he said.
“I was really surprised and happy.”
One of the judges, Cllr Natasha Airey, cabinet member for youth services and safeguarding, said: “I’m thrilled that we’ve included under 18s in this competition for the second year running.
“It’s great to get a younger perspective on life in the Royal Borough and the services or ideas they would like to see.
“I look forward to seeing the cookery competition come to life,” she added.
In addition to his trophy, Sammi wins £100, which he will put towards a laptop.
Meanwhile, the overall winner of the competition was a community garden in Maidenhead with a sensory path, sculptures and allotments.
Sue Brett and Sue Walker, both from Maidenhead, combined ideas for the garden at Boyn Grove Resource Centre, in Courthouse Road, Maidenhead.
Their idea is for a garden and allotments where people can sit and reflect.
Mrs Brett also has ideas to hold small concerts and introduce a wildlife area there.
She said: “I love community things and love the idea of bringing the community together and doing things everybody can enjoy.”
Jan Stannard’s idea for a swift tower, able to house 20 pairs of birds and possibly be located at the Braywick Nature Reserve, Maidenhead, was among the runners-up.
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