30/04/2010 by mcmakarolyn
Manchester Creative and Media Academy (MC&MA Girls) has been presented with a prestigious national food award by celebrity chef Brian Turner.
A party from the academy, which included year 8 students Caitlin Grayson and Yasmin Kallel, head of Design and Technology Miss Pickworth and academy cook Donna Hallworth, accepted a Silver award from Ready Steady Cook star Brian at the Food for Life Partnership (FFLP) Awards.
The glittering ceremony, which celebrated the significant changes in school food culture, took place at the Dean Clough building in Halifax. It was also attended by various other northern schools that won Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.
Meeting a high standard
Miss Pickworth said: “Jean Rose, [MC&MA (Girls) Senior Assistant Vice Principal,] has been massively involved within this project and was the driving force behind being awarded the silver award.”
She added: “To achieve the silver award we met various criteria.
“This includes using ingredients from the academy garden, holding cooking clubs and establishing links with the community and other local schools.”
Other criteria the academy met were that it holds events involving parents and the wider community in growing and cooking activities, it has links with local farms, while the academy’s food outlets include locally sourced items on their menus.
Miss Pickworth added: “We display the origins of the fresh produce we use, we serve our food on plates instead of flight trays, and governors have signed off the food policy.”
Reconnecting with fresh produce
Brian Turner, who made samosas and spring rolls with the pupils at the ceremony, said: “Young people in these schools are cooking, growing and eating fresh, seasonal, local and organic food, and reconnecting with the farms that produce their food.
“These youngsters and their parents are celebrating good food and best of all; it’s giving them what will probably be some of the most enjoyable experience of their school lives.”
The Food for Life Partnership is a group of schools and communities across England committed to transforming food culture.
It is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Soil Association, which brings together food support programme, the Focus on Food Campaign and charities Garden Organic and the Health Education Trust.