Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in independent education

How school children become food explorers

Independent school caterer Holroyd Howe is introducing pupils to new foods, prepared in a variety of ways

Posted by Hannah Oakman | October 26, 2016 | Catering & hospitality

Ask a pupil to name as many vegetables as they can and nine times out of ten, the list is sure to include peas, carrots and broccoli. The question is, at what age will their repertoire include the likes of kale, butternut squash and asparagus? 

In a bid to increase the exposure of school pupils to some of the more exciting members of the vegetable family, Holroyd Howe has launched a Food Explorers concept. The initiative uses tasting tables to introduce pupils to different foods, prepared in a variety of ways. For example, winter kale might be offered as kale crisps, a smoothie or in a kale and feta quiche or pumpkin might be shown roasted, as seeds, or in a soup or pie.

The chefs running the tasting table ask pupils to identify the key ingredient and taste the various offerings before telling them where it comes from and describing its many nutritional benefits. They use seasonal, British produce as much as possible, whilst also introducing interesting other ingredients such as ancient grains from around the world. 

This fun, interactive approach to food education helps to remove the barrier young people so often put up when it comes to less common ingredients and particularly vegetables. It also creates a communal, unpressurised environment where pupils feel like they are being given a treat and not being forced to “eat their greens”.

The pupils are rewarded for their efforts with a sticker to proudly wear home to tell their parents all about their most recent adventure at school.

Holroyd Howe’s Top Vegetable Recipes

  • Baked kale crisps
  • Kale frittata
  • Baked sweet potato chips
  • Sweetcorn panna cotta
  • Spicy bean burgers
  • Feta, beetroot and chickpea puffs
  • Black bean chili 

W: www.holroydhowe.com 

Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in independent education

Related stories

What every Head should be told before they're appointed

Brookwood on how catering can play a vital role in boarding

Keeping it in-house

Why school leader wellbeing must be made a priority

Sense of belonging directly related to tendency to self-harm

Paving a pathway to higher achievement

The place to eat

The power of food

Education for the Soul

4 ways schools can create healthy competition

Market place - view all

Versa

Whether you're looking to solve dining space problems to get more s...

Hamworthy heating

Hamworthy Heating is a leading British commercial boiler manufacturer...

Raging Bull

Rugby heritage clothing brand; brought to you by Rugby Legend Phil ...

Sports facilities

Sports Facility Services Limited was set up in June 2013 with the ...

S&C Slatter

S&C Slatter have over 20 years experience as specialists in constru...

Schools Broadband

Schools Broadband is one of the UK's largest specialist providers o...