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Royal Treat for the Winners of the British Food Fortnight Competition

Monday 31st January 2011

For the first time, lunch in Clarence House was cooked by school children today. Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall invited the winning schools from last year’s British Food Fortnight School Challenge to Clarence House to cook their chosen dishes for lunch.  And with a special twist, Her Royal Highness invited the BBC’s Hairy Biker chefs, Dave Myers & Simon King, to work with the children to help them prepare their meal.
The competition was held last year as part of the national food promotion, British Food Fortnight. Inspired by the Hairy Bikers’ ’Mums Know Best’ television programme, secondary schools were challenged to design and cook a meal based on recipes that would have been used in their school’s part of the country by previous generations.
The winners, Northfield Academy near Aberdeen and Greencroft Business & Enterprise Community School in Durham, travelled to London to cook their winning dishes: Cock-A-Leekie Soup, Rabbit Pie and Cranachan with Petticoat Tails.
The lunch, which was attended by leading supporters of the national food promotion, commemorated the 10th anniversary of British Food Fortnight and the event’s plans for 2012 when it will run at the same time as the London Olympics making sure that British food is number one when the eyes of the world are upon us.
Jake Mossom, from Greencroft Business & Enterprise School said: “How many people can say they have cooked for royalty? To come to Clarence House to cook a meal is a dream come true – I will never forget it.  It has been such fun learning about recipes that used to be cooked by previous generations and has really made me appreciate all the wonderful local ingredients there are.  And Her Royal Highness said it was delicious!”
British Food Fortnight 2011 takes place 17th September to 2nd October 2011. For further information see the Love British Food website.
In the Olympic year, British Food Fortnight takes place from 27th July to 12th August 2012.


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