Chefs in School

Wednesday 18th January saw the fifth annual visit of two local professional chefs with the aim of treating each class of children in Key Stage 2 to an hour long cookery demonstration and food tasting session. Funded partial by Rotary and supplemented by Christchurch Food Festival, Mary Reader once again put together an exciting blend of cookery demonstration, tasting and curricular enrichment.

The focus, as always, was to enhance the children’s learning about our multicultural society, origins of food and promoting a healthy diet. The opportunity to try new flavours and ingredients was very well received and we were proud of the way in which so many children “cleared their plates” and returned for seconds. Years 3 and 4 who are just about to move their local map work and geography east into Egypt, learnt about and sampled food from Egypt and North Africa. They had jewelled rice, fish tagine, cucumber-feta salsa and freshly made lemon and coriander houmous.

Years 5 and 6 followed their river topic down the Zanzibar and were treated to the even more exotic tastes of Tanzania and Kenya.  Photographs of the sessions and plates of food should be online very soon but in the meantime take a look at the recipes and give them a go!

Each child was given a leaflet with information about the children’s cookery workshops that will be running during the Christchurch Food and Drink Festival in May. Book now to save disappointment, leaflets available from the office if you need a replacement. The children were also invited to take part in this year’s competition, last year we had two winners, and I will be sending home a reminder of this nearer the time. Happy cooking!

 Mrs Miccoli

To view the recipes, click here: Egyptian & Mid-East Recipes           Tanzania and its Cuisine

 For more information about the competition, please click here: Primary schools Olympic challenge 2012