Last week (6 June) teams of pupils from primary schools across Scotland took part in the final of a national food challenge at the City of Glasgow College.
The Braw Lunch-Brake Challenge challenged Scottish primary 5, 6 and 7 pupils to create an innovative, healthy new dish – which includes local Scottish produce - for their school meal. This year there were over 100 entries to the competition and judges found it difficult to pick just six finalists!
The final event started with the pupils hearing from Gary MacLean, Senior Chef Lecturer at the City of Glasgow College and MasterChef: The Professionals winner. The teams then pitched their product ideas including marketing plans to a panel of judges before taking part in a final cook-off.
Joshua Brown, Kyle Jessiman and Robbie Kimmet from Lochside Primary in Angus won the competition with their Victorious Venison. Their full class will be treated to a visit to the Royal Highland Show. The judges were impressed with how well Joshua, Kyle and Robbie worked together; they listened to the chef and learnt some new cooking skills.
This annual challenge is organised by Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland, Brakes Scotland, ASSIST FM and Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET); and is supported by Developing Young Workforce and Skills Development Scotland. It tests the pupils’ creative and entrepreneurial skills and helps to highlight the skills needed to get food from farm to fork and the range of careers opportunities available in the food and drink industry.
Chris Boyle, Channel Head - Public Sector, Brakes Scotland, said:
“Once again we were delighted to run the Braw Lunch Brake Challenge. This event just goes from strength to strength each year - we couldn’t do this without our partners at FDF Scotland, RHET, ASSIST, Developing Young Workforce and Skills Development Scotland. But pivotal to this competition is the pupils’ participation and that was phenomenal this year. Well done to all our exceptional entrants and finalists and a big shout out to Joshua, Kyle and Robbie who were our competition winners!"
Moira Stalker, Skills Manager, FDF Scotland, said:
“I am delighted that there were over 100 entries to the challenge this year. The standard was extremely high – the amount of enthusiasm and research that the pupils put in was amazing. This made it difficult to pick the finalists and even more difficult to decide upon the final winner! I hope this challenge has inspired even more young people to consider a career in food and drink.”
Keith Breasley, National Chair, ASSIST FM, said:
“The skill, interest and enthusiasm of the young people at today’s event was remarkable. It was encouraging to see a range of nutritious and delicious dishes made using fresh local ingredients. It is reassuring that cooking remains as popular as ever amongst school children.”
Katrina Barclay, RHET Manager, said:
“Considering where the ingredients are grown, reared and sourced is an important part of the pupils’ creativity for this competition. I have been delighted by the number of entries received selecting not only local, but seasonal produce! Well done to everyone for getting to the final and we look forward to hosting the winners at the Highland Show later this month.”
The finalists included: