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Calling all food lovers, can you cook up a winner?

Aug 11, 2009
Food lovers everywhere are being called upon to boil, mash, stew and fry as part of a cookery competition launched today to banish food waste and give leftovers a new lease of life.

Imaginative cooks from across north London are invited to submit recipe ideas from traditional starters through to exotic desserts which include at least one ingredient which is a 'leftover'.

Leftovers don't have to be meal scraps but can be food found lurking in the back of cupboards like pasta from a previous dinner, unused bread or wilting vegetables.

Lucky winners will get a hamper worth £100 and will also see their recipe featured in a cookery book produced later in the year.

The competition forms part of a new Love Food Hate Waste campaign which is running across north London from June 2009 until February 2010. The campaign is aiming to cut the amount of food which currently ends up in landfill sites.

Everyday homes across the UK throw away seven million slices of bread worth £140 million, 51 million potatoes worth £140 million and 4.4 million apples worth £300 million each year. Food waste amounts to £610 per average family per year.

Cllr Clyde Loakes, Chair of the North London Waste Authority, said:

"The amount of food which is thrown away in the UK each year is a serious issue as it's a major contributor to the production of greenhouse gases.

"People often feel that this type of issue is too big for them to make a difference but this is an issue on which everyone can have a positive impact and if they do, they will not only see a reduction in the amount they throw away, but they'll save money too."

The competition closes on 2 October 2009.

To submit a postal entry, please send the recipe, cooking instructions and a photo to: Recipe Competition, North London Waste Authority, Lee Valley Technopark, Ashley Road, Tottenham, N17 9LB or contact 020 8489 5366 for further information.

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Notes to Editors

For more information contact Rosie Elliott, media and marketing officer for the North London Waste Authority on 07789 032324 or

The recipe competition is part of a broader Love Food Hate Waste Campaign running across the seven north London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest from June 2009 - February 2010.

The campaign is being funded by WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) and will include free food roadshows, kitchen workshops, online food waste diaries, and a dedicated website full of information.

Information packs for retailers are being produced as part of the campaign and representatives from the NLWA are available to visit community groups upon request by contacting

Information about the national Love Food Hate Waste campaign, including statistics, facts and information and tips for cutting waste can be found at

About the NLWA

The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) was established in 1986 and is the waste disposal authority for Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest. This means its primary function is to arrange the transport and disposal of waste collected by these boroughs.  It is the second largest waste disposal authority in the country, measured by tonnage.