The Great Roman Bake Off

text: the great roman bake off, background: ancient ruins in sepia.

Step into the shoes of an ancient Roman cook. £250 worth of prizes to be won! Opportunity for your recipe to be tasted by top Classicist and Cambridge Professor, Mary Beard! 


Competition Overview:

  • Open to years 7, 8 and 9
  • Individual submissions or groups of 2
  • Deadline: 10th January 2022



  1. Choose a Roman dish
  2. Cook your dish!
  3. Create a 2-minute recipe video

 £250 worth of prizes to be won!

The categories are:

  • Best video – are you a technology whiz? This category is for you! Wow us with your presentation and video editing skills.
  • Best research – try including a fun fact in your video. Were the ingredients imported? What did Roman pots and pans look like? How different were Roman ovens from modern ones?
  • Best looking dish – are you a bit of a perfectionist? Release your inner artist to create a culinary masterpiece!
  • Best original taste – do you love to experiment with different flavours? Make sure your instructions are specific so that we can recreate the top recipes for our judges to taste!


Top Tips:

  • You can find recipe inspiration in our resources section – you could follow one of these recipes, adapt them or even make your own from scratch! Were you inspired by something you read? Or did you want to make an ancient equivalent of your favourite modern dish? Tell us about it in your video. Anything goes!
  • Try to be as authentic as possible. Some common modern ingredients weren’t available to the Romans so try to avoid these. Sometimes you might also have to use a substitute for an ancient ingredient that we no longer use – tell us about the challenges you faced in your video!
  • Make sure your instructions are precise so that someone watching your video could recreate your dish – remember to tell us the quantities of the ingredients and the cooking times.



Download the poster (pdf) with the information. 

Video inspiration:

Jamie Oliver (@jamieoliver) Official TikTok | Watch Jamie Oliver’s Newest TikTok Videos*

Vegetable Pot Rice | वेजिटेबल पॉट राइस | Monsoon Special | Sanjeev Kapoor Khazana - YouTube

Mary Berry’s indulgent lemon posset tart with raspberries - BBC - YouTube


Websites to get you started:

What Did Ancient Romans Eat? | Getty Iris

Eight ancient Roman recipes from Around the Roman Table: Food and Feasting in Ancient Rome (

6.2 Lesson Resources | Amarantus (

Classics Club: Recipes from Apicius (

Six Ancient Roman Recipes - Delishably

Historical Italian Cooking - YouTube

Tasting History with Max Miller - YouTube


*Direct access to this resource is only for those aged 13 years and older. If you are younger or you do not have access to TikTok please ask your parent/guardian to check the content first and show you if they feel comfortable doing so.


 How to Enter

To enter a video clip, first upload your entry onto Youtube (

This is an easy way to ensure that entries are of a similar size and quality and enables you to retain control and copyright of your film. Once the video clip has been uploaded, you can add the URL to your application form. Remember it should be a maximum length of two minutes.

Please fill out the application form making sure to include the link to your completed entry and to attach your completed declaration form. Any questions feel free to contact Follow us on Instagram at @thegreatromanbakeoff.*


Closing date: 10th January 2022


Guidance on uploading films to YouTube can be found at:

This includes information for converting file formats and uploading from mobile devices. If you wish to mention that your clip is an entry for our competition, you must include the following disclaimer in the written description of the video: ‘The views and opinions in this film are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of any member of the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge’




Anything that you quote in the piece should be acknowledged in a written or spoken form.

Please remember that permission should be sought to use any image, music or film that is in copyright and if granted, credit must be given at the end of the film. You can find guidance about what copyright is, what it applies to, who owns it and how long it lasts at:

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The Faculty of Classics (University of Cambridge) uses personal information solely for the purposes of administering the Roman Bake Off Competition. We do not pass on or sell personal information and/or contact details to any third parties. We may use anonymised and aggregated information for reporting our activity to the University of Cambridge.

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*Direct access to this resource is only for those aged 13 years and older.