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The 2016 Young Pea Chef of the Year has been crowned. We received an incredible 2,500 votes from members of the public and are extremely hap-pea to announce that Oliver Vass, aged 9, a budding young chef from Wokingham, Berkshire, has been crowned the nation’s winner, out of 10 finalists. 

Oliver’s delicious recipe of Peas in Blankets whet the appetite of the nations and scored the highest number of votes in the competition, run by the Yes Peas! campaign and sponsored by Waitrose. Well done Oliver, a MasterChef in the making! 

We can’t forget our incredibly talented runners up, who, along with all ten finalists, rustled up some mighty fine, scrumptious pea recipes… trust us on this one, we’ve tried them all! Well done to Owen Atkinson, aged 8, Wetwang CE Primary School, East Riding of Yorkshire who came 2nd place with his Pea Hamburgers, and joint 3rd winners, Ellie Reeve Groom, aged 8, St Peter and St Paul CE Primary School, Skegness, and pupils from Bluecoat Beechdale Academy, Nottingham, with their Pea Sausage Rolls and Pea and Mint Ice cream. Congratulations to all who took part! 

Take advantage of the warmer weather and sunnier days, not to mention brighter nights, with some tasty recipes perfect for a picnic or a spot of al fresco dining. Our Grilled Halloumi With Peas, Pine Nuts, Broad Beans And Rocket is great for a vegetarian dish or the tasty Pea and Chicken Jambalaya is great if you’re entertaining a crowd. And if you dine into the later hours and there’s a slight chill in the air then our Green Pea Soup With Pancetta Cream And Soda Bread will warm you up. With so many more summer recipes to choose from, your only trouble will be deciding which to cook first!

Rachel Green,Yes Pea!s Ambassador

Rachel Green

I have been preparing a number of canapes recently and by far the most popular one has been the Pea Blinis with Parma Ham and Mint, closely followed by the Mini Sausage Toadies...