Gone are the days where a student meal consists of baked beans and ketchup on a cling-film covered plate. In fact, a recent survey of over 2000 UK students revealed they spend more on food than clothes, travel of social activities.

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To celebrate the countries culinary undergraduates Bacofoil has launched its first ever Student Cook of the Year competition and entries are now open.

Foodie students can enter the competition by uploading a photograph of their dish onto Facebook or Twitter along with its name and the hashtag #BacofoilStudentCook. Entries will be judged on both their presentation skills and the creativity of the dish’s name.

Finalists will be invited to a final cook-off at Cactus Kitchens in London, a high pressure culinary contest in which they will need to prepare their dish for the panel of judges.

The winning cook will receive £1000 worth of groceries. The closing date for the competition is 31st December 2014.

By Belinda George