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Cooking up a love for food!

Posted onPosted on 18th Mar

An initiative developed at The Samworth Church Academy to teach students about nutrition and food preparation has received a £1,500 grant.

The money from Tesco’s Stronger Starts scheme, in partnership with Groundwork UK, will help the Mansfield school as it teaches an appreciation of ingredients and nutrition, as well as developing practical cooking skills.

Students taking part in Project Flavour have had visits to The School of Artisan Food, Welbeck, where they tried their hand at Ukrainian pancakes and creating their own sausages from scratch. They have also learned the art of fire making and bushcraft with Way Back Skills.

Jennifer Walker, food studies team leader and Project Flavour lead at the academy, said: “We plan to use the money to further fund our project, allowing more students the opportunity to take part.

“Project Flavour is so valuable, and our students gain so much from taking part. It provides our young people with opportunities not only to learn how to cook and about food being a source of nourishment, but also the social aspects of making food and eating together.

“It provides a greater understanding of different cultures, feeding others, trying new foods, learning where ingredients come from, gaining a love of food, and growing and cooking their own produce.

“Students develop the knowledge to make informed choices that can support both physical and mental health, such as what might help them nutritionally during their exams or stressful times they may face in life.”

ABOVE: Students with Jennifer Walker, team leader of food studies and Project Flavour lead at The Samworth Church Academy, Mansfield.