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MSJ girls demonstrate cookery skills at Food Festival

Design and Technology Activities

Girls from Malvern St James recently took part in the annual Great Malvern Food Festival, held on Bank Holiday Monday (29th May) in the grounds of the Great Malvern Priory.

Four girls, Cicely Gallagher and Romilly Hughes from Year 8 and Lily Rawlings and Immy Surridge from Year 10 showed off their culinary skills to a packed audience on the Festival’s demonstration stage where they cooked up a feast of Lemon Chicken and Thyme Risotto followed by Summer Fruit Shortbreads and were interviewed by BBC Hereford and Worcester Radio’s Andrew Easton.

In addition to the cookery demonstration, the School’s Pre-prep department hosted a ‘Grow your own’ tent in which they invited children and families at the Festival to plant and grow their own vegetables. It is estimated that over 5000 people attended this year’s Food Festival.

Sally Turner, Head of Design and Technology at MSJ, said: “The relationship between the food on our plate and where it comes from is highly important. Taking part in this year’s Festival enabled MSJ to teach children about growing their own produce, alongside demonstrating some of the key cooking skills our girls have acquired in their time at Malvern St James. It was a fantastic experience for all our girls involved.”  

In addition to their timetabled Food and Nutrition lessons, MSJ girls have the option to join the School’s Cooking Club, take part in the MSJ annual Master Chef Competition and also demonstrate their cooking abilities at local shows as part of the School’s community engagement activities. Last year a group of girls cooked on stage at the RHS Spring Show, held at the Three Counties Showground and met British food writer and TV chef, Mary Berry.

Download a copy of the girls' Risotto recipe

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