Hampshire County Council Catering Service

Building Sustainable Value

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Top chef backs HC3S sustainable food experience for National School Meals Week

During NSMW 2019, the theme was "taste for yourself". We took a group of children to visit Lime Wood House in the New Forest for some new experiences. Great British chef, Luke Holder, taught Year 5 pupils from a local primary school about how food is grown sustainably and how to eat sustainably. Visiting the seasonal produce growing in the glasshouses, smelling the aromatic herbs in the herb garden and tasting home-made chorizo and smoked salmon made in the onsite smokery helped children understand more about growing and producing food.

They learned how to make the most of ingredients while getting hands-on in the kitchen, working as a team to make a big batch of arancini – another exciting new taste discovery for the children. The visit has given them valuable life skills and encouraged them to consider where the food on their plate is coming from.

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Children making an arancini
Making arancini
with Luke Holder
Children picking out vegetables
Learning about
seasonal veg
Children trying smoked salmon
Trying smoked salmon
for the first time