Students cook up a prize in Water It, Grow It, Cook It competition

13 November 2015

Casterton Secondary College students have served up a winning recipe, taking out first prize in Wannon Water’s 2015 Water It, Grow It, Cook It competition.

The competition encourages school students to create a recipe using produce grown in their school kitchen garden, cook it and submit photos of the completed dish and the produce growing in the garden.

Featuring trout from the school’s aquaculture farm, together with spinach, kale and parsley handpicked from their kitchen garden, the Casterton students’ Stuffed Casterton Trout en Papillote with Spinach and Kale Salad was given top marks by the judges.

The culinary creation has earned the school over $1,000 worth of Bunnings gardening products to keep their kitchen garden thriving over Summer.

Second place was won by Grade 5 students at Hawkesdale P-12 for their herb-inspired Beetroot and Thyme Muffins recipe, winning the school $600 worth of gardening equipment.

Third place and $300 worth of gardening products was claimed by Grade 5 and 6 students at Terang College for their Tabbouleh recipe.

Wannon Water Education Officer Catherine Grist said the Water It, Grow It, Cook It competition generated an outstanding response from local schools in 2015.

“Wannon Water continues to be very impressed with the number and quality of the recipes entered by students in this popular competition,” Mrs Grist said.

“The schools combine water efficiency, healthy living and creative cooking to get the most out of their kitchen gardens and I commend all of those who entered the competition this year.”

The recipes were judged on their creativity, nutritional value and use of local produce by Sally Grinblat from Warrnambool’s Pronto Fine Food Merchants, Viv Porter from Bunnings Warrnambool and representatives from Wannon Water.

Wannon Water will showcase a variety of the recipes in an e-cookbook to be distributed and published online at later this term.

For more about Wannon Water’s kitchen garden program and the Water It, Grow It, Cook Itcompetition, visit