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Street food competition aims to inspire Ross-shire pupils; winners of the Braw Lunch-Brake Challenge will receive an all expenses paid trip to the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston, Edinburgh, for their entire class

By Philip Murray

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FOOD and drink industry experts are hoping to give Ross-shire pupils a taste for food – by inspiring them to create healthy street food dishes.

The Braw Lunch-Brake Challenge is back for its fourth year, and primary schools across Ross-shire and the wider country are being challenged to create an innovative, healthy street food dish – using Scottish produce – that they would love to eat during their lunch break.

Participating in the challenge is intended to give pupils to gain an insight into where their food comes from and hopes to encourage them to investigate the high quality local produce grown and reared in Scotland. In doing so, the organises believe it will open their eyes to the different jobs and careers that the food and drink industry provides.

It is open to primary 5, 6 and 7 pupils. On 4 June, finalists will pitch their street food ideas and marketing plans to a panel of judges at the City of Glasgow College, before going head to head in a final cook-off. The prize for the final winners is an all expenses paid trip to the Royal Highland Show for their entire class.

This challenge is a partnership between Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland, Brakes Scotland, ASSIST FM, Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET), Skills Development Scotland and Developing Young Workforce.

Chris Boyle, Head of Public Sector, Brakes Scotland, said: “It’s never been more important to educate children about making healthy food choices, so this challenge is a great session for a food lesson.

"Every year we are really impressed with the calibre of competition entries and believe the new street food theme adds a new dimension to the competition for both teachers and pupils alike.

"We hope that our challenge, in partnership with FDF Scotland, will ignite children’s interest in researching where their food comes from as well as looking to the future around careers within food.”

Moira Stalker, Skills Manager, FDF Scotland, added: “I am delighted to be running this challenge for the fourth year running! I am always inspired by the creative dishes the pupils come up with. I would encourage teachers to get your school involved in this exciting competition.”

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