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Linton school's winning recipe earns it a £2,000 kitchen bonus from Belling

A Linton school has beaten off competition from around the UK to be named as a Belling Cookery Club and will now receive £2,000 worth of cooking appliances.

Pupils at Linton Infants School were asked to design a healthy meal to enter the national initiative, run by cooker manufacturer Belling.

The Year Two class all drew pictures of a balanced meal and described why they liked the foods and what made the meal healthy, but the work of one pupil – Theo Hatzixanthis – stood out.

Six-year-old Theo drew a picture and wrote about spaghetti Bolognese, with extra vegetables and salad, which he chose as it contains protein, vitamins and provides energy.

Left to right, back row: Theo, teacher Lisa Campbell, Jessica, Maddie; front row: Annabel, Ciara, Isobel. Contributed picture
Left to right, back row: Theo, teacher Lisa Campbell, Jessica, Maddie; front row: Annabel, Ciara, Isobel. Contributed picture

The school was one of two primary schools to triumph in the competition following a public vote, alongside Little Melton Primary from Norfolk.

Both schools can now choose up to £2,000 worth of Belling appliances, as well as receiving some practical cooking accessories including baking tins and aprons.

Design Technology lead at the school, Lisa Campbell, explained that winning the competition will have a positive impact on the school and on the students’ life skills.

She said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have won this competition!

"We only have 166 children on roll so this is an amazing achievement for us.

"We drummed up support by using social media and our school communication system, as well as approaching companies and local businesses and printing out leaflets which were sent home to parents.

"Theo and his sister also made some leaflets including his design and description and hand delivered them to the local villages in their spare time!

“We can now have a proper kitchen space for the children to use, equipped mostly by Belling!

"The staff and children at Linton Infants School are incredibly grateful for this wonderful and generous prize and are looking forward to enriching the curriculum with cookery lessons!”

Belling launched the Cookery Club competition to provide support to primary schools and help the next generation to learn new kitchen skills, after it was found that only an estimated 25% of primary schools have a teaching kitchen despite cooking and nutrition forming a crucial part of the UK curriculum.

Jane Rylands, Head of Marketing Communications at Belling, said: “The response to the competition was fantastic with some amazing and really creative entries. We hope the prizes will make a real difference to the winning schools and help the children to develop their love of cooking.”

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