LITTLE chefs showed their creativity to win a chance to cook at the first Delicious North East Food and Drink Festival.
Pupils from Grange Park Primary School, in Monkwearmouth, conjured up a seaside menu for the School Dinners competition launched in the run-up to the festival on July 14 and 15.
Youngsters from the school’s cooking club came up with the idea of “Posh Fish and Chips” made with cod goujons and sweet potato wedges and served with salad and tomato sauce.
Their efforts in designing the winning menu have bagged them a £500 membership with The Food Education Company which includes a cooking website for the school and lesson plans.
Two Grange Park Primary School pupils, Fynn Jameson and Katie McHugh, will cook the school’s winning menu in the Festival’s theatre kitchen with help from Mark Earnden, owner of The Food Education Company.
For their dessert dish they made ice cream cupcakes.
Headteacher Pauline Woods, a former chef herself, said: “One of the first things I did at the school was to build a bespoke kitchen where everything was the right height and size for the children to cook in.
“Our after-school cookery lessons always have a waiting list and we teach them proper cooking skills. We do real cooking – like making bread and pastry.
“We wanted the menu to be appealing with a healthy element. We teach the children that small changes can achieve a better outcome, like baking the fish at a high temperature instead of frying it.
“We put in an entry from the whole school as we like to work as a team and we were quite shocked to win.
“The school is known for going the extra mile, so we had a girl from Year Three write out the recipe for the ice cream cupcakes and another classmate did the illustrations.
“It was hard to pick just two children to cook the meal for the festival but we’ve chosen Fynn and Katie because we think they’ll look forward to it and have fun.”
Mark said: “They’re very worthy winners and it’s great that they’ve picked a favourite meal like fish and chips that everyone loves.
“It’s also good because the North East is such a hot spot for great fish – the produce from the coast is phenomenal.
“I was impressed with their pudding too because it’s really creative. I can’t wait to make the meal with the children, it’s guaranteed to be fun.”
The Delicious North East Food and Drink festival will be held at Nissan. There will be a theatre kitchen with demos by Michelin-starred chefs from the region, stalls, live music, a Camra real ale and cider festival and children’s entertainment.
For more information visit www.deliciousfestival.co.uk. Tickets are £5 when booked or £7 on the day. Children under 16 go free.