Youngsters at a primary school enjoyed a fun-packed day of food activities to mark the opening of their new kitchen.
Secured through a successful bid for funding from the Department of Education, the PKL pod kitchen at South Witham Primary School was installed before Christmas and the new facility opened at the start of this school term.
All the pupils shared in the day long celebrations which were led by ‘Roots to Food’ owner Darren Tinkler.
Pupils took part in a Ready Steady Cook style competition with two teams of pupils and teachers cooking up two healthy meals with fresh ingredients. The orange team won out over the green team’s chicken ragu with wilted greens, with a salmon fishcake accompanied by lemon scented rice and chop suey.
The children also had the chance to participate in fun, food and fitness sessions, where energy burning exercises were followed by vitamin and carbohydrate replacement smoothies.
After school, parents were challenged to create a healthy, appetising and affordable family meal, again using fresh ingredients. Sweet and sour meatballs with noodles was the end result and didn’t last long on the plates once the children were invited to try them!
Councillor David Brailsford was among the representatives from Lincolnshire County Council who was invited and witnessed the ribbon being cut by new kitchen supervisor Julie Yates. Mrs Yates is currently cooking about 70 meals a day for the pupils. It is hoped to extend the service to surrounding schools in the future.
Mrs Yates said: “It’s an exciting time for the pupils, and it’s a great opportunity for all the children to try new freshly cooked meals.”