Haverhill schools take up live cooking challenge

Haverhill Mayor Roger Andre, Tesco Haverhill community champion Claire Bowden and Place Farm Primary Academy pupils take up the live cookiing challenge
Haverhill Mayor Roger Andre, Tesco Haverhill community champion Claire Bowden and Place Farm Primary Academy pupils take up the live cookiing challenge

Pupils and students from Place Farm Primary Academy and Castle Manor Academy cooked up a storm when they took part in the Food Revolution Day Live Lesson.

Year four and five students at Place Farm Primary Academy joined with their teachers, helpers and Haverhill Mayor, Cllr Roger André, to complete the live cookery session.

At the same time young people up and down the country were taking part in the same lesson, including year eight students from Castle Manor Academy.

Pupils watched a demonstration, led by Jamie Oliver, before getting stuck in and creating their own Rainbow Wraps.

Place Farm pupils are well versed in cookery as they regularly use their dedicated food technology room.

This meant that they were already confident with the equipment and took to the challenge really well albeit, with so many taking part, in their own classroom.

David Cianciola led the event at Place Farm Primary Academy, which was part of a Guinness World Record attempt. He was pleased with the outcome: “It is always great to see the children taking an interest in cookery.

“They always enjoy the opportunity to create interesting and healthy dishes and are usually keen to try the outcome.”

David has run some very successful parent and child cookery sessions to encourage more home cooking.

He said: “The pupils did well during this challenge and I’m sure will take the new recipe ideas home.

“We had 120 people taking part from Place Farm Primary Academy, which is a great addition to the worldwide target.”

Cllr André spent the afternoon with pupils at Place Farm and donned his apron to cook along.

He said: “It was a real pleasure to join pupils for this national event. It is a good reminder of the need to produce good quality, nutritionally balanced, food and provided us with a really easy recipe.”

Cllr André congratulated the pupils on a successful lesson and was also lucky enough to see a violin lesson in progress.

“I enjoy visiting schools and this visit to Place Farm was excellent,” he said.

“The pupils are a real credit and the opportunity to stop and listen to a violin lesson was a real treat.”

Carrie Spurling led the session at Castle Manor Academy in one of their dedicated catering rooms.

Thirteen year eight students were involved and will also be counted toward the final record breaking total. Carrie was pleased with how the lesson went, saying: “The students did really well. I would like to extend the event next year to involve more students and perhaps open it to the community.”

The lesson was part of an international event organised by the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation.

The foundation aims to change attitudes to food and encourage people to cook good food, using good ingredients. The aim on the day was to break the world record for most participants in a cookery lesson in 24 hours (multiple venues).

The efforts at both academies will have helped to realise that goal.

Tesco Haverhill were thanked for providing the ingredients for the event at Place Farm Primary Academy and staff and parents were also thanked for giving their time to support the event.