Hastings students’ game changing experience

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Completed dishes SUS-191202-130004001

Students at Ark William Parker Academy were given the opportunity to take part in an initiative to widen their knowledge of game.

Year 10 students took part in the ‘Game Changer’, an initiative from the Food Teachers Centre.

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Pheasant prep SUS-191202-130047001

Pheasants were donated to the school for students to prepare and cook, allowing them to increase their knowledge of game and develop skills for their practical exams.

Teacher Jenny O’Connor said: “We are thrilled and excited to participate in this project.

“The engagement and enthusiasm from our students has been incredible. “It’s wonderful that a new generation will understand game and know how to cook it.

“With the new exam courses, students have to demonstrate high-level skills, such as preparing meat. They are expected to understand how animals are reared and prepared so this project is perfect for them.

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Adding the finishing touch SUS-191202-130037001

“Students also learn about the contribution of seasonal, local and nutritious foods to modern and traditional British cuisine. Some of them have never seen a pheasant before, let alone cooked one!

“In the past, a lack of ingredients prevented students from cooking game. So hopefully this programme will allow thousands more youngsters to cook with it and give them the chance to try some new recipes.”

After preparing, cooking and washing up, the aspiring young chefs enjoyed eating the food.

Student Ethan said: “I’m cooking a pheasant for my family on Friday so this is a great opportunity to learn how to prepare it. This is really good practice for my practical exams.”

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Teaching SUS-191202-130109001

Taste of Game and The Food Teachers Centre launched last June and to date has engaged with more than 200 schools.

Visit: https://foodteacherscentre.co.uk

Preparing a pheasant SUS-191202-130058001

Preparing a pheasant SUS-191202-130058001

Cooking up a storm SUS-191202-130015001

Cooking up a storm SUS-191202-130015001