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7 February 2018

Award winning butcher launches food challenge for Glasgow schools

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S3 Pupils from three schools in East Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire have been challenged by award winning local butcher, S Collins & Son, to create a new street food dish using Scottish meat.

students from Saint Ninian's High School This challenge was launched on Thursday (1 February) at Saint Ninian's High School in Kirkintilloch; Our Lady's High School in Cumbernauld; and Kirkintilloch High in Kirkintilloch.

Pupils from each school will work in groups to develop a new 'street food' dish using their preferred cut of meat, work out costings for their product and create a marketing campaign. Each school will then pick a winning team to go head to head in a final cook off later in the year.

Last year the S3 pupils from Kirkintilloch High were challenged by S Collins & Son to create a one pot dish using their favourite meat. The judges found it so difficult to pick just one winning team so there were two winners. The winners were Fraser Macmillan; Ben McIlveney; James Brown; and Adam Cooper with their Moussaka Casserole, which included minced Scotch Lamb, and Jenna MacHattie; Erin Dubourt; Aimee McGhee; and Payton Trimble with their Pork and Sweet Potato One- pot.

Due to the success of the project it has been rolled out to include a further two schools this year. This initiative, set up in partnership between Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and S Collins & Son Butchers will help students and educators understand the variety of careers available across the food chain, the routes to access them and the skills required by employers.

Moira Stalker, Skills Manager, FDF Scotland, said:

“We are delighted to be running this project again this year. Even more youngsters will learn about the variety of exciting career opportunities available in the food and drink industry – including science, product development, engineering, marketing, nutrition and design. With partners we are inspiring the next generation of food and drink leaders.”

Jennifer Robertson, Health & Education Coordinator, QMS, said:

“We are excited, once again, to be part of this initiative, it's a great opportunity to introduce young people to Scotland's natural larder and have them take pride in showcasing fantastic local produce.

“The quality and flavour of Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork is second to none and it's important for young people to gain an understanding of the care and attention to detail involved in the production of these quality ingredients – I'm sure this year's event will be a huge success and will play a vital role in raising awareness of various career paths within the industry,”

Stewart Collins, Senior Partner, S Collins & Son, said:

"S Collins & Son is delighted once again to be involved in the Butchery and Beyond initiative with an extended 3 schools taking part this year, showcasing their skills with fantastic local produce. This can only help and encourage the younger community to get excited about food and the exciting industry that awaits for their chosen career.

"It is important to S Collins & Son that the next generation are aware of the variety of food and drink careers that are out there. I am also keen to also help youngsters understand the variety of high quality produce that is available on our door step.

"We are committed to supporting the local community and this initiative helps bring the school curriculum to life. I am delighted to be involved in this challenge again and look forward to seeing what the pupils come up with!”

Maureen Daniel, Acting Head Teacher, Kirkintilloch High School, said:

“We were delighted to see our young people engaging so positively with the food industry and found collaborating with business partners enhanced the experience for them. We look forward to this process again and are appreciative of our Home Economics Team for their sterling efforts.”

More information

Contact Kirsty Ritchie, Food and Drink Federation Scotland, at: kirsty.ritchie@fdfscotland.org.uk, or 0131 222 8040.

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