School con­test on the menu

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

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.”

Pic­ture: ge­orgi mabee.

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)

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