Our food challenge is back!

Last year we challenged the S3 pupils from Kirkintilloch High to create a one pot dish using their favourite meat. The winners were Fraser Macmillan, Ben McIlveney, James Brown and Adam Cooper with their Moussaka Casserole which included minced Scotch lamb. Due to the success of the project last year we have rolled it out to include a further two schools this year.

This year we challenge S3 Pupils from three schools in East Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire to create a new street food dish using Scottish meat.

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.

This initiative has been set up in partnership between Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and ourselves and the aim is to 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.

Stewart Collins said: “We are 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 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!”

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.”

Good luck to everyone who enters!

Butchery & Beyond School Challenge Staff Photo

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