Children at a South Devon primary school have taken part in the pilot phase of a project launched by TV chef Jamie Oliver in the next stage of his fight to improve school dinners.
Broadhempston Primary School is one of 13 across the country that have been involved in the pilot phase of Oliver’s ‘Food Foundation’ project.
The project, which is scheduled for national launch in September, aims to give primary school children the knowledge and kills to turn healthy seasonal ingredients in to nutritious meals.
Head teacher Roger Clarke said it had been a steep learning curve for the staff and children.
“We started trying to use a classroom for the lessons but it quickly became apparent this was far too difficult,” he said.
“We then tried using the nearby village hall and although there are still lots of challenges, we have found that we can deliver high quality learning for our children there.
“Now we have 9-year-old children going home with salmon fishcakes and cous cous salad that they have made from scratch in an afternoon.”
The school has received support from local businesses and organisations with over £100-worth of kitchen equipment donated by Tesco at Kingsteignton.
Nearby Fermoys Garden Centre also supplied compost, seed and fertilisers for the children to start growing their own ingredients from scratch.
Pupil Flora Perkin said: “We have made lots of different things like smoothies, pizzas and salads which have each individually been challenging, but the results have been delicious.
“It has been really interesting to learn lots of new skills and I am now doing much more cooking at home than I did before the project.”