This year's theme was Valentine's Day and the brief was to prepare a two course meal from scratch using four gas rings, for £5 or less, in about 75 minutes.
Among the dishes being served up to the judges on the day were Chicken Pasta, Spanish Omlette, Chicken Curry, Spicy Pork with Pineapple and Rice, Pancakes, Cherries dipped in White Chocolate, Freshly Made Ice Cream and Poached Pears in Syrup.
All the packs produced edible meals and some looked really good.
The winners this year (only half a point separated 1st and 3rd places!) were my very own Gibson Pack with their menu of Spicy Pork with Pineapple and Rice and dessert of Poached Pears with Red Currants and Syrup.
Along with the shield, they get to represent Reigate District at the County Competition later in the year.
A good job by the lads involved.
In the early kick-off, my beloved Gunners and Tottenham Hotspur produced a sizzling North London derby at White Hart Lane.
The only mar on proceedings was that Spurs deservedly scored two goals to Arsenal's one.
Tottenham were terrific in the second half, and Harry Kane played like something that Arsenal must have nightmares about.
As a Scouting and Spurs-following friend wrote to me in txt : "These things happen in threes. First the Cubs Cooking, now this. I'd better get a lottery ticket."
Since my last blog spot, I have heard of a couple more concerts to get my feet a-tapping.
Last December, I was booked to see a stripped-down Slow Club at the Old Church in London N16 but this was cancelled due to ill health in the band. This has been re-booked for 4 March. So, on a work day I will be leaving early and taking in the show.
On the way up to the dentist in London on Friday, I saw a listing for Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in November. I haven't seen them live since I went to a free concert in the City of London Guildhall Yard at a Jazz Festival back in the early 1990s.
This year really is filling up quite nicely.