East Midlands schoolchildren learn how to grow their own curry

The Schools, Colleges and Community outreach team based at Nottingham Trent University’s Brackenhurst campus recently launched a competition with schools in the East Midlands to ‘Grow their own curry’.

The Schools, Colleges and Community outreach team based at Nottingham Trent University's Brackenhurst campus recently launched a competition with schools in the East Midlands to 'Grow their own curry'.

The project aimed to get children to understand the food chain, what goes into the food they eat and often take for granted.

Participating schools were challenged to grow the ingredients for a Saag Aloo spinach and potato curry. This included onion sets, coriander, cumin, chilli and ginger. Over 12 schools signed up to the challenge with the final being held on 1 July, 2014.

The pupils brought their produce to be judged and Boston High School was crowned the overall growing champion. S&A foods, one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of high quality, chilled and frozen Indian and other ethnic foods, supported the initiative.

Development chef Rehan Ahmed, ably assisted by Sunny Samra, talked to the children about the ingredients they had grown and then demonstrated how to cook the perfect Saag Aloo. The pupils then got the chance to cook the ingredients they had grown themselves with Ken Stimpson Community School from Peterborough being awarded the prize for the best dish.

The judges all agreed what a great job the pupils did and how engaged and enthusiastic they were. After the awards presentation, judges took questions, where they explained how they have developed their careers and how training and education has helped them along the way.

NTU teaches both further and higher education horticulture and food science courses and this project gave the pupils the opportunity to be both inspired and to gain experience of both of these disciplines.

Next year's event is already being planned. We are hoping to launch a 'Grow your own Pizza' challenge. Please get in touch with Partnership Manager Janet Northover if you'd like to be part of one of our Animal, Rural and Environmental Science school initiatives.

Sara Poulson, NTU's programme leader for Horticulture and Food Science said: "Projects like these are vital to not only teach pupils about the food we all eat but also to show them the huge career opportunities that are available in these essential sectors".

East Midlands schoolchildren learn how to grow their own curry

Published on 16 July 2014
  • Category: School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences

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