School Children get a Healthy Eating Lesson...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Three schools in Clifton will be getting a lesson on healthy eating on 19th October from Ian Litchfield, Head Chef at the East Midlands Conference Centre. Ian will be launching a competition to year 6 children by asking them to design a healthy sandwich. After inspiring them with knowledge gained over his 15 years experience at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Ian will leave the teams to consider their choice of bread and filling, paying particular attention to presentation and ease of eating!

The teams of children from Whitegate Primary, Dovecote Primary and Milford Primary schools will then have 2 weeks to put their ideas together and submit their entries. This will include a full ingredient listing and costs and an illustration of their creation.

Entries will be judged by Ian and a panel of colleagues and two teams from each school will be shortlisted to return to the EMCC's kitchens to prepare their designs from scratch in a ‘Ready Steady Cook' style event on 24th November.

Ian said ‘I am passionate about food and sandwiches are a particular bone of contention for me. I have often been known to take one back to a shop when it has failed to live up to what it promised! This competition gives us the chance to work with local school children and hopefully inspire some budding chefs of tomorrow to think creatively and healthily.'

The competition to design a healthy sandwich follows on from a successful project earlier this year to develop a logo to represent the 25th anniversary of the East Midlands Conference Centre. Leading the project, Kirstie Danzey, Marketing Manager for Nottingham Conferences explains; "The East Midlands Conference Centre has played host to a number of events in the last quarter of a century, with all profits going back into the University, as well as bringing a significant direct economic benefit into Nottingham. We wanted to use the anniversary as a chance to work with the local community and discussed our ideas for these competitions with the University's Community Partnerships team. They work already with local schools and businesses in the University of Nottingham's ‘community' and together we came up with ideas to work with a group of Year 5 and 6 school children. We are currently using the winning 25th anniversary design on our website and in an advertising campaign and are aiming to use the winning sandwich for clients attending events in the East Midlands Conference Centre in the future."