School meals take pupils on a world trip

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School pupils were taken on a culinary tour across the globe as they marked International School Meals Day 2016.

The theme for this year’s event, held earlier in the month, was using fresh and healthy local ingredients to make the dishes.

Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College got into the spirit of the event as delicious dishes originating from Sweden, France, Spain, Turkey, India, Greece and the USA were served up.

Tony Mulgrew, who heads up the in-house catering department at Ravenscliffe, said: “Being part of International School Meals Day helps to emphasise the importance of school meals on an international stage, showing how children can benefit from having a school meal.

“It gives schools the chance to showcase the work they are doing in using fresh, local produce.

“It’s so important for us to share best practice, as it can inspire you, and others, to see inspirational and educational catering on an international level.”

Mr Mulgrew has seen the importance of this first-hand with a visit to a swedish school to meet chef Lyndon McLeod.

He said: “I have gained so much from my visit to Lyndon’s school in Sweden. I am now more confident in using a larger range of fresh fish on my school menu.”

Lyndon McLeod added: “Visiting Tony in England, I learned about the benefits of buying produce locally, not just for the quality of the product, but for the local economy.

“We have to stop chasing the cheapest price and chase quality and sustainability, plus the importance of teaching children to cook which is a skill for life.”

Another exchange visit has been arranged so this work can continue.

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