Recipe of the Year

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The Recipe of the Year competition is the perfect chance to celebrate and showcase the wonderful recipes tuckshops have trialled and succeeded with throughout the year. It aims to exhibit how resourceful and innovative tuckshop convenors are, often with less-than-ideal kitchens and limited equipment for creating and cooking.

2022 winner

Congratulations to Dalby South State School Tuckshop Convener, Raelene Akers for winning our 2022 Recipe of the Year competition with her recipe for Sweet and Sour Chicken.

Raelene has won a commercial quality counter-top grill thanks to funding from Health and Wellbeing Queensland. We’re sure she will put it to great use in her tuckshop!  

Thank you to all the tuckshop convenors who submitted their recipe creations this year. We were inspired by your creativity and resourcefulness.

Our dedicated QUT students, Merita and Sammie, worked behind the scenes to re-create 6 of the short-listed recipes for our judges to taste. Take a look at the full list of finalists below or check out what the judges had to say about them in this video.

The 2022 judging panel was comprised of representatives from Health and Wellbeing QueenslandP&Cs Qld, and the Department of Education. We were also thrilled to be joined by two local school students, Greer and Hugh, who brought a youthful perspective to the competition.

2022 finalists

We were blown away by the calibre of entrants in this year’s Recipe of the Year competition.

It was a hard task but after much deliberation, we narrowed it down to just 6 finalists to prepare and present to the panel of judges.

Check out the recipes:

In the news

The 2022 Recipe of the Year was covered in media across Queensland, including:

All entries in the Queensland Association of School Tuckshops (“QAST”) Recipe of the Year competition (“the competition”) are subject to the conditions of entry.

The conditions of entry are strictly enforced.

Submitting an entry is confirmation that the entrant has read and agrees to the conditions of entry.


  1. The Recipe of the Year competition is conducted by the Queensland Association of School Tuckshops (ABN 48 219 893 165).
  2. The Recipe of the Year competition will be open for entries from 9am on Monday, 11 July 2022 and will close at 5pm on Wednesday, 27 July. Judging will take place on Wednesday, 3 August and the winner will be notified the week commencing Monday, 15 August 2022.
  3. One winner will receive a Birko commercial-style Contact Grill to the value of $1,000.


  1. Employees of the QAST or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
  2. To be eligible for entry into the competition, each entry must meet the following criteria:
  1. The entry must be completed in full, giving all details and supporting documents (photos) as required.
  2. QAST accepts no responsibility for entry submissions not being received by QAST for any reason.
  3. The entrant must be the owner or obtain permission from the owner to enter the competition prior to nominating the recipe.
  4. QAST reserves the right to refuse to accept any entry and shall, at its sole discretion, at any time prior to the competition judging, declare an entry ineligible where the:
    1. Entrant is not from a school tuckshop;
    2. Entrant has not complied with the conditions of entry;
    3. Entry is incomplete or does not contain all of the supporting documents;
    4. Entrant has not obtained prior permission from the recipe owner to submit the recipe for entry;
    5. Or information provided by the entrant is false or misleading in any way.
  5. Where a prize has been awarded, and it is found that the entry has not satisfied the conditions of entry, the prize may be withdrawn and returned to QAST.
  6. Entry submissions, including all documents and photographs submitted to QAST with the entry, are the property of QAST.
  7. As the program is a competition, unfortunately it isn’t possible to provide feedback on all individual entry submissions. Judges’ notes will not be supplied to entrants.
  8. QAST reserves the right to change these conditions of entry at any time without prior notice.


  1. Each finalist must meet the following minimum criteria to be eligible for judging:
    1. GREEN or AMBER in line with the Smart Choices – Healthy Food and Drink Supply Strategy for Queensland Schools
    2. Must be either a hot or cold main meal, or a snack.
      • Must be practical and timely to prepare
      • Must be cost effective.
  1. The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into by the judges or QAST.
  2. Entries are judged against the following set of judging criteria:
    1. Presentation of recipe
    2. Taste of recipe
    3. Appeal to students
    4. Creativity of recipe
    5. Additional points will be awarded if the recipe meets special dietary requirements (i.e. vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free or Halal).
    6. Bonus points may be awarded for additional variety and number of vegetables.


  1. Every effort will be made to maximise publicity for all entrants.
  2. QAST will generate press releases for distribution throughout Queensland however, entry in the competition does not automatically ensure exposure in the media.
  3. The winner and finalists will be published on the QAST website, social media pages and via QAST eNewsletters.
  4. Entrants give QAST and relevant third parties permission to market the entries as they see fit.
  5. The information in your entry submission (including any photographs you supply) may be used by QAST to promote the competition, including any competitions in future years.
  6. If you’re the competition winner or a finalist:
    • QAST may use the entrant’s name or school name and the name of the recipe anywhere in the world in any material which promotes the competition or the products or services of QAST.
    • You agree to allow QAST to contact you to provide comments about the competition and to take photos or video footage of you and/or your tuckshop.
    • In relation to the recipe:
      • You now assign to QAST solely for the benefit of QAST all of your rights, property and interest in the copy of the recipe submitted for the competition.
      • In the event that any third party has any proprietary interest in the materials or any intellectual property rights contained in them, you agree to procure for QAST the right to use that copy of the materials in any way QAST sees fit without compensation to any such third parties or to you, including the right to make further copies of the materials.
      • You indemnify and agree to hold harmless QAST and the judges in respect of any claim, demand, liability, loss or damage sustained by any of them, arising in any way out of use by QAST of the materials for the purposes of the competition or its promotion.
      • Without limiting the generality of anything else contained in this clause, QAST may use the materials for future promotional and marketing purposes without further reference or compensation to you or any third party.
      • QAST may duplicate, alter, adapt and utilise the materials at anytime, anywhere, and by any means.
      • QAST may license, authorise or otherwise license or transfer QAST’s rights in the materials to others to do the same.


  1. The entrant is required to either own the copyright or obtain permission from the copyright owner to all entry submission materials (including, but not limited to, photographs).
  2. Any issues with copyright will be referred back to the entrant in the first instance.


  1. The entrant hereby indemnifies QAST in respect of and against any and all legal liabilities, losses, claims, actions, suits, demands, causes of actions and proceedings of any kind and damages, losses, expenses and costs whatsoever arising out of, with respect to, or in connection with the competition, including, but not limited to, material and/or information supplied by the entrant for the competition and breaches of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).


  1. To facilitate the competition, QAST may supply entry submission information (including school name and photographs) to external contractors, including media, statutory agencies and government departments. By authorising and submitting an entry, the entrant agrees for their details to be provided to these external providers.
  2. QAST seeks to comply at all times with provisions of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), insofar as it regulates the collection, storage, quality, use and disclosure of personal and sensitive information by relevant private sector organisations.
  3. Read a full copy of QAST’s privacy policy.

The Recipe of the Year is funded by the Queensland Government through Health and Wellbeing Queensland as part of the ongoing Healthier Tuckshops program delivered by QAST.

Health & Wellbeing Queensland and Queensland Government

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