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Explorers Chef Activity Badge

Explorers Chef Activity Badge

Chef badge

After a long day of activities and challenges, is there anything better than a well cooked meal?

Choose 1 of the following options:

  1. Cooking for others
    1. Plan a full, balanced menu for a group of Explorers or other people on a residential experience covering all meals for at least four days.

      You should consider what facilities will be available to you – will you have access to a full kitchen or are you cooking on an open fire?

    2. Cook and serve your planned menu, demonstrating preparation and serving skills.
    3. Demonstrate proper storage and cooking.

      You should demonstrate your knowledge of hygiene in the kitchen and how to prevent food poisoning.

    4. Budget for your menu and assist with shopping for the ingredients.
  2. Baking
    1. Maintain high standards of hygiene.
    2. Demonstrate how planning and preparation can make life easier when baking.
    3. Bake and cost the following from scratch – no packet mixes or pre-made shop bought ingredients allowed:
      • Three different large cakes (20cm or bigger) with different icings and decoration, using techniques like rubbing in, creaming, melting and whisking.
      • A sweet or savoury tart, such as a quiche or a tarte tatin.
      • 12 iced and filled cupcakes.
      • 12 biscuits, iced using the flooding method.
      • 12 scones.
      • A loaf of bread using yeast.
      • 12 flatbreads.


    • Requirement 1a can be done as part of a group. Everyone should plan their own menus and then make a decision as a group on which ones will feature on the camp menu. 
    • If Option 2; baking is chosen, consider what you can do with the items after you have finished. You could combine it with the Fundraising Activity Badge and sell them for a good cause.  
    • Remember, costs may be reduced by shopping as a group and buying in bulk

July 2024.

Requirements can be adapted to suit each young persons abilities. See our guidance on flexibility.

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