'Beat the Takeaway' competition inspires pupils

Let’s Cook Scotland, a Cookery School based in Abernethy, Perthshire are helping to educate and inspire pupils to get cooking and to learn more about the food they eat. 

The ‘Beat the Takeaway’ Competition run by RHET Perth & Kinross and sponsored by Lets Cook Scotland encouraged pupils to look at making their own version of their favourite takeaway meal.  P4-7 pupils across Perth & Kinross had to prepare a recipe and work out costings, timings and prepare a project explaining the farm to fork story of the food included in the recipe. 

The two teams who made the final were both from Logierait Primary School and were invited to Let’s Cook to present their projects to the judges on Thursday 3rd May. Eve Kemp and Olivia Reynolds were awarded first place with Matthew Jaworski and Craig Meldrum a close second. Following the judging, pupils were treated to a pizza making masterclass from Cookery School owner Sarah Mellersh where they learned how to make their own pizzas from scratch.  Pupils were awarded goodie bags donated by Quality Meat Scotland which contained aprons, a t-shirt, cap and a ‘Good Family Food’ Recipe Book as well as trophies and certificates.

Sarah said “I am very passionate about teaching children to cook at an early age and this project has allowed pupils to think more carefully about what they are eating, where is has come from and how it is prepared.”

Mrs Brown, teacher at Logierait Primary School said “This project has encompassed a number of different learning outcomes within the Curriculum for Excellence and allowed pupils to develop skills across numeracy, literacy and health and wellbeing.  This project has been popular with the pupils and has sparked a real interest in food provenance and cooking whilst developing life skills for the future.”