School contest on the menu
PUPILS at a Hampton school are hunting for a taste of success with a top competition this term.
The youngsters at Hampton Hargate Primary School are being given the chance to design the children’s menu for the Haycock Hotel in Wansford.
The children will not only be given artistic licence to design the appearance of the menu, but also to decide on the type of food that will be served.
Linda Nicholson, general manager at the hotel, said: “The winner’s idea will be produced exactly as it appears.
“If there are spelling mistakes they will be kept, pictures will be included as they were drawn by the winners.
“We will be encouraging the pupils to come up with healthy options, but also things that children want to eat.
“Often when families go to nice restaurants, the children are forgotten about and there are no dishes for youngsters. “We want that to change here. “We introduced the competition at assembly and we are sure that we will get a great response from everyone who will take part.”
Along with seeing their menu go into production, the winners and runners up will receive gift vouchers to spend at city stores.
The best class will also get the chance to take part in a cookery workshop with the restaurant’s head chef.
Andy Lyons, head teacher at the school, in Hargate Way, Hampton Hargate, said the competition would be used across the school in a variety of lessons.
He said: “It is a fantastic opportunity for the children to get involved in something that they will really be able to see the end results of.
“The project also fits into the curriculum on a number of different number of levels.
“Children will be looking at maths with the prices, English with the spellings and descriptions, art with the design and food technology with the healthiness of the food.
“We will also be looking for the older pupils to come up with ideas on how to promote their menus.”
Cooking on gas: Megan Thomson gets ready to prepare her menu for the Haycock Hotel kids’ menu competition with Haycock executive chef Paul Bray and classmates Ellie Williamson, Ethan King and Cameron Moody. (METP-11-06-10GM004)