It's a flour show for foodie family

ABBIE NAPIER
Last updated 05:00 26/02/2014
Bridgetta Coyle
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HANDS ON: Bridgetta Coyle will be competing with sister Amelia in Kids Can Cook.

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With vegetable gardening and cooking back on trend, it seems only natural to get kids into food when they're young and encourage capability in the kitchen.

At Ellerslie Flower Show this year, kids from schools across the city are competing in a cook-off - Kids Can Cook.

Twins Bridgetta and Amelia Coyle, 9, are more than ready for the challenge.

The Coyle family is all about food. Mum, Lisa, said the girls had never had a choice about being in the kitchen and out in the family vegetable garden.

"We're real foodies, you could say," she said.

The girls attend St Albans Catholic School where vegetable gardening is an important part of the school day. The students grow vegetables and teaching staff often cook up their produce for the students to try.

Last week, garlic grown by students was turned into garlic bread for the small school to taste.

While Bridgetta makes a mean cheese scone, Amelia has been dubbed the Coyle family "omelette queen".

Kids Can Cook is all about garden-to-table cooking. The importance of knowing where food comes from and having a hand in its production is an area of growing popularity in 2014.

The twins will be using vegetables from the school garden to make their own take on a salad nicoise - a popular dish at home.

The girls will be working together on the same dish and will combine the final elements.

Dad Patrick, a former Masterchef contestant, will be supervising the girls as they compete.

There will be six teams of two kids in the competition this weekend.

Masterchef 2011 winner Nadia Lim is all about healthy eating and, as well as giving cooking demonstrations at the show, will be judging the contestants.

Fellow judge is Ellerslie faithful, garden designer Ben Hoyle.

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