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The Scottish Food Challenge - For All Secondary Schools
The Scottish Food Challenge 2003, endorsed by the Executive's Healthyliving campaign, was launched today.

The Challenge, part of Sainsbury’s Taste of Success scheme, is open to all secondary schools and sets pupils the task of developing an inspiring recipe with the winning dish being developed into a new food product or recipe card available exclusively in Sainsbury’s stores.

The recipe must incorporate locally grown Scottish produce such as cabbage, swede and spring greens.

The launch in Edinburgh was attended by Deputy Young People Minister Nicol Stephen and Food and Health Co-ordinator Gillian Kynoch.

Mr Stephen said:

"A healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle are key to developing healthy minds. Study after study has shown that children perform better academically when they take simple steps to improve their diet.

"That is why we will shortly be unveiling new measures to improve the nutritional content of school meals served up in Scottish schools.

"The Scottish Food Challenge is welcome in two ways. Firstly it encourages young Scots to take an interest in food and nutrition, through first hand experience of locally grown products. Secondly, young people can be inspired at the chance of their idea being turned into a product, being sold in a leading supermarket.

"This is a real win-win situation for the young people involved and I would encourage all schools to find out more."

Ms Kynoch added: 
"The Scottish Food Challenge is a great way of bringing food education to life by linking it to the food industry, local suppliers and major retailers. This is a great way of making not only pupils more aware of the importance of food and nutrition but of passing this message on to their families also, so that this important subject is brought to the forefront of everyone’s minds."

The winners will be announced and prizes presented at the Home Economics Teachers’ Conference in Dundee on May 10.They will be chosen by a panel of judges from the British Nutrition Foundation, Sainsbury’s, DATA and Kettle Produce and will receive £200 of Sainsbury’s vouchers and the opportunity to spend a day at Kettle Produce investigating how Scottish vegetables are grown and manufactured.

The winner will also work in the product development kitchen with the Product Development Manager and Sainsbury’s creative recipe writer.

To register for the Scottish Food Challenge go to www.data.org.uk/secondary/foodawards, or contact DATA for a registration pack: DATA, 16 Wellesbourne House, Walton Road, Wellesbourne, Warwickshire, CV35 9JB.