The great St Paul’s Primary School cook off

St Pauls Primary Schools orange and green teams with Darren Tinkler (back centre) of Roots to Food. PHOTOS (TIM WILSON): SG270616-126TW.
St Pauls Primary Schools orange and green teams with Darren Tinkler (back centre) of Roots to Food. PHOTOS (TIM WILSON): SG270616-126TW.
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Children at St Paul’s Community Primary School, Spalding, managed to cook up a treat to promote healthy eating.

Two teams each made up of children and staff raced against the clock in a 15-minute cooking challenge to show their knowledge of food groups, cooking techniques and teamwork last Monday

Teacher Jason Hickman with the winning orange team and their all-conquering dish.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Teacher Jason Hickman with the winning orange team and their all-conquering dish. Photo by Tim Wilson.

The cooking challenge was organised by Darren Tinkler, the founder of Roots to Food which delivers healthy eating and nutrition workshops across schools.

Headteacher Kira Nicholls said: “The pupils were incredibly engaged and I would recommend this experience to any school.

“It is important that we don’t just look at the exercise part in a healthy lifestyle as eating plays a massive part in a balanced diet as well.”

The two teams were chosen at random, ranging from Year 3 to Year 6, encouraging the students to work together to undergo this challenge.

It is important that we don’t just look at the exercise part in a healthy lifestyle as eating plays a massive part in a balanced diet as well

Headteacher Kira Nicholls

After the food was judged by a panel drawn from people at the school the orange team came out on top over the green team, winning the cook off with their dish of pan fried chicken with tomato and basil sauce, served with steamed pasta and wilted greens.

Miss Nicholls said: “We were very excited to welcome Darren from Roots to Food into school, to deliver workshops and even after school for a group of our parents.

“The school was filled with an amazing aroma and made everyone hungry, whilst parents were very keen to have the recipes to try at home too.

“What a wonderful day and we have plans to cooperate further with Darren and Roots to Food next year.”

The orange team's dish of pan fried chicken with tomato and basil sauce, served with steamed pasta and wilted greens, goes before the judges.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

The orange team's dish of pan fried chicken with tomato and basil sauce, served with steamed pasta and wilted greens, goes before the judges. Photo by Tim Wilson.

The pupil-and-staff judging panel carry out their difficult, but delicious tasks.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

The pupil-and-staff judging panel carry out their difficult, but delicious tasks. Photo by Tim Wilson.

St Paul's Primary School's cooking challenge with the green team in action.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

St Paul's Primary School's cooking challenge with the green team in action. Photo by Tim Wilson.