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26 February 2019

Scottish Primary Schools - create a new dish for your school meal

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Scottish Primary schools are challenged to create an innovative, healthy dish - using Scottish produce - for their school meal.

The 2019 Braw Lunch-Brake Challenge launched today (26 February) – it is open to primary 5, 6 and 7 pupils from across Scotland. Finalists will take part in a cook-off at the City of Glasgow College and pitch their product ideas including marketing plans to a team of 'Dragons'. The prize for the final winners is an all expenses trip to the Royal Highland Show for their entire class.

This challenge is a partnership between Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland, Brakes Scotland, ASSIST Facilities Management, Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET), Skills Development Scotland and Developing Young Workforce. It tests the pupils' creative and entrepreneurial skills. At the same time pupils learn about all the processes and skills needed to get food from farm to fork and the range of careers on offer in the food and drink industry.

Chris Boyle, Head of Public Sector, Brakes Scotland, said:

"Brakes Scotland with FDF Scotland and partners set up this challenge 4 years ago to get children involved in hands-on cooking. It's a life skill and we know many children are not getting these basic skills due to equipment struggles at school. This challenge allows teachers to have a 'gate to plate' lesson plan and have some fun with food and potentially spark some interest in children considering careers in food and drink but ultimately, understanding healthy food choices.”

Moira Stalker, Skills Manager, FDF Scotland, said:

“We are delighted to be running this challenge again. Every year I am inspired by the enthusiasm and creativity displayed by the pupils. I would encourage teachers to get your school involved in this exciting competition.”

Keith Breasley, National Chair, ASSIST Facilities Management, said:

“The best way to improve a child's diet is to get them involved and interested in food - this competition does just that. Thank you Brakes!”

Katrina Barclay, RHET Manager said:

“We are delighted to be involved in this collaboration and recognise the value in encouraging school pupils to visit a working farm to find out for themselves about local, seasonal, fresh produce they could incorporate into their dish. Winning a trip to the Scotland's premier agricultural event where the best of food, farming and rural life is showcased will bring this project to life.”

Note to Editors:

  1. Initial dish ideas from each team/school need to be submitted by 10 May, with the final cook- off taking place on 6 June. More information »
  2. The whole food and drink industry from agriculture, fishing, aquaculture through to manufacturing makes a significant contribution to the economy, with an annual turnover of over £14bn and employing around 114,000 people.
  3. FDF Scotland is the voice of the Scottish food and drink manufacturing industry – Scotland's largest manufacturing sector.
  4. FDF Scotland's skills initiative - A Future in Food, funded by the Scottish Government through Scotland Food & Drink, helps teachers, pupils and parents better understand the food and drink industry in Scotland. It highlights the wide variety of careers on offer, helps pupils understand the skills required by employers and how the subjects they study in school relate to the real world of work.

More Information

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

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