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Cook for the Queen School Competition Announced

Monday 30th January 2012

In honour of this year’s Diamond Jubilee, Love British Food has opened a competition for British schools to create a menu for the Queen! The menus must showcase the best of British food and will be presented to Her Majesty herself in a special reception at Buckingham Palace.

The competition was the idea of the Duchess of Cornwall, who launched the idea at Nova Hreod Secondary School in Swindon on the 25th January. The entrants must be between 10-15 years old, from any primary or secondary school in the UK, and have their entry in by 30th April. Four winning schools will be invited to the Diamond Jubilee ceremony in June, and they will be announced in mid-May.

You need to make sure you contain elements from your region in your menu, so get inventive and put a modern twist on some traditional dishes. The food will be cooked by the Royal Chef, and presented on canapés, so bear that in mind while you put a patriotic ingredient into the classroom mix! Even if you don’t win it would be a great idea to hold your own Diamond Jubilee event in school!

It’s a perfect way to get the kids in the mood for this year’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and with the website offering other cross-curriculum resources, could be incorporated for different lesson ideas and activities for children. Fun facts about royalty and food throughout the ages could provide stimulus for a history lesson, and information about local food produce could come in handy as a geography resource. Whether you’re hell bent on having the Queen taste your food, or just want something fun to do in the classroom, go to now for more information and to download a form.

All in all, you could have a fun-filled day centred on Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee for all the children!


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