Chef Activity Badge
How to earn your badge
There are two options you can choose from to achieve the Chef activity badge.
- 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?
- Budget for your menu and assist with shopping for the ingredients.
- Demonstrate proper storage and cooking. You should demonstrate your knowledge of hygiene in the kitchen and how to prevent food poisoning.
- Cook and serve your planned menu, demonstrating preparation and serving skills.
- Bake and cost the following from scratch – no packet mixes or pre-made shop bought ingredients allowed:
Demonstrate how planning and preparation can make life easier when baking.Maintain high standards of hygiene.
- 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.
You can gain two Chef badges by completing both options.
Each young person who participates in the Programme, including badges and awards, should face a similar degree of challenge, and requirements can be adapted according to each young person’s abilities. For more information and practical tips see our guidance on flexibility.