08 Nov Scottish School Meals Week 2016
Scottish School Meals Week 2016 has come to a close.
The five promotions across the week, one for each day of the school week, brought school pupils, catering staff and councils together to discuss the school meals service in Scotland.
The first day, which focused on the Scottish School Cook of the Year saw the winning dishes created by Maria Millar of Knox Academy, as well as the dishes of the finalists in 2nd and 3rd place, available in school dinner halls for the pupils to try out and the resounding feedback from pupils was that they would love to see more of the same on offer.
On the Tuesday, we focused on the possibility of introducing a Meat Free day in schools, which saw pupils across Scotland having school meals where meats were substituted with Quorn products. A group of pupils at Stirling High School were even given a demo of various meals using Quorn Products and were surprised to see just how easy and tasty meat free alternatives are!
The Great Scottish Bake Off showcased the best school bakers in the country, producing bakes for the pupils that were within the government guidelines on nutrition in schools! We went to Kirkhill Primary to see some of the pupils trying out a range of the cakes and biscuits, some even cooked with beetroot, and iced with low fat alternatives to frosting such as Quark! And they went down a treat with the children who all asked if they could have copies of the recipes to take back to their parents!
The Big Brakes Scot Pot Challenge got secondary pupils thinking about potential careers in the Scottish food industry, challenging them to come up with a one pot meal, complete with marketing and costings for producing in school kitchens! The winners of the competition were from Clyde Valley High School in North Lanarkshire who produced a Chicken and Potato dish, Bombay Boom, which judges agreed was the best researched and best matched the brief.
The promotion on Friday focused on giving to those in need, through fundraising efforts going towards the ‘social business’ Social Bite, which is a totally non-profit business, with 1 in 4 of their staff being formerly homeless. Pupils were encouraged to buy specific products which saw 10 pence from every £1 spent going to Social Bite to support homelessness in Scotland.
The week was a success, encouraging school pupils across Scotland to find out what their school meals service has to offer as well as encouraging them to get involved through the various promotions. To try out any of the recipes that was on offer throughout the week from our Scottish School Cook of The Year finalists, or from The Big Brakes Scot Pot Challenge, take a look at the recipes section of our website!