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ever wanted to cook with a celebrity chef?

You could win an all-expenses paid overnight trip to Manchester with a friend to take part in a cook-off competition judged by MasterChef winner Simon Wood!

All the best entries will also be featured in our brand new Village Bites cookbook.

so how do you enter?


Create a meal that’s cheap, healthy and easy to make.

We want to see it all from scrumptious seafood to varieties of vegetables. And remember, presentation is key as the best entries will be included in our Village Bites cook book…


Submit your entry by sending a photo or video of your dish to us on social media!

You can submit your entry via our Instagram page or your Village Twitter account. Make sure you hashtag your entry #VillageBites and tag your village.


We’ll be picking three winners from across the country to compete in a final cook-off hosted by Simon.

The final will take place in Manchester and whoever fries, roasts, boils or bakes up the best bites will become our top Village Chef.

have you got what it takes?

If you think you’re one of our top Village chefs then keep reading…
how do I enter?

Cook a dish of your choice that is healthy, affordable for students and generally easy to prepare. Then take a photo or video of your culinary creation and post it to Instagram or your Village Twitter. Make sure you hashtag #VillageBites and tag or hashtag your Village to be counted.

Instagram: Campus Living Villages

Twitter accounts and hashtags:

who can enter?

If you currently live in the following Villages and you’re free to attend the final cook-off in Manchester from Saturday 3rd – Sunday 4th December 2016 then you can enter the competition.

when can I enter?

The competition will run from Monday 24th October – Friday 18th November 2016.

Our three finalists will be announced on Monday 21st November 2016.

when is the final in Manchester?

The final will take place in Manchester on Saturday 3rd December 2016. Our four finalists will travel up for an all-expenses paid overnight trip on the morning of Saturday 3rd December and will travel back to their own village on Sunday 4th December.

Our three finalists and their friends will be treated to a meal and drinks out in Manchester on the evening of Saturday 3rd December before spending the night in a hotel in the city.

what’s in it for me?

You could be in with a chance of winning the top Village Chef title, having a main feature in our upcoming Village Bites cook book.

The final three winners will receive an all-expenses paid for trip to Manchester to compete against each other in a final judged by MasterChef winner Simon Wood.

After the final, all three finalists will be treated to dinner and drinks at a top Manchester restaurant and spend the night in a city centre hotel to celebrate in style.

The best looking dishes from around the country, even if they don’t get you a place in the final, will be put together to form our first ever Villages Bites cook book that students around the country will be able to download.

terms and conditions

Want to know a bit more about the competition? You can read our terms & conditions for more info.