Welsh comprehensive school wins Craft Guild of Chefs Family Food Appreciation Workshop prize
31/10/2012 - 10:43

Pupils and parents from a Welsh comprehensive school will get to spend time together learning about food and nutrition after winning first prize in the Local Authority Caterers Association’s (LACA) National School Meals Week free prize draw sponsored by Bernard Matthews Foodservice.

Ysgol y Gader in Dolgellau, Gwynedd, has won a Family Food Appreciation Workshop run by the Craft Guild of Chefs in a free online draw for the ‘Get Traditional’ day part of the week’s celebration of healthy school food.

The workshop for up to 12 pupils and their parents will be delivered in the school’s food technology kitchen by a leading Craft Guild member and aims to develop an appreciation of food and the family through relevant food knowledge.

Participants will learn how to prepare quick and cost-effective, nutritionally balanced food together; the workshop will also cover basic food hygiene and equipment.

Duncan Marsh, general manager for Bernard Matthews Foodservice, which sponsored the ‘Get Traditional’ day that takes place on November 7 this year, said there was a motivation behind the prize.

“According to LACA’s ParentPay research, 95.9% of parents agree with the statement ‘My child should learn to cook at school’ and, as a business partner of the Craft Guild of Chefs, we felt the workshop could really help put this into practice, while getting the family involved.

“It is also an opportunity to show families and caterers how they can lean on British turkey as a low in saturated fat ingredient that is also cost-effective and incredibly versatile, with each participant getting to make a turkey dish to take home with them at the end of the workshop.”

As second prize in the draw, five schools won tasting sessions with a home economist demonstrating how to get the best out of turkey and, specifically, how Bernard Matthews Foodservice’s Big Green Tick products for schools can help caterers meet Government standards.

Ten schools won the third prize of a ‘Get Traditional’ theme day pack containing bunting, balloons and flags to help schools make the most of their day during National School Meals Week taking place from November 5-9.