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1 June 2017

Masterchef winner judges Scottish schools challenge

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Yesterday (31 May) teams of pupils from primary schools across Scotland took part in a cook-off judged by a team of 'dragons' - including MasterChef: The Professionals winner Gary MacLean.Schools challenge winners

This event held at City of Glasgow College was the final of a national competition run jointly by Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland, Education Scotland, ASSIST FM and sponsored by Brakes Scotland. The competition challenged pupils to create a new innovative 'one-pot dish' that could be sold in Scottish schools as a standalone product or as part of a school meal.

Based on a similar format to TV programme Dragons Den, the challenge tested the youngsters' creative and entrepreneurial skills. The teams pitched their product ideas including marketing plans to the judges before taking part in a final cook-off.

St Margaret's R.C Primary, Fife, won the competition with their Sunday Roast Pie. This dish was created by Danny Fitzgerald, Aine Feeney, Roisin Dougan, Katie Lynch and Gabby Borthwick.

John McLintock, Operations Director for Brakes Scotland, said:

“We are delighted to sponsor the Scot Pot Challenge for the second time – sharing our knowledge of the food and drink industry with primary schools across Scotland. I was fortunate enough to try all the dishes and as judges we were faced with some extremely tough decisions. We at Brakes Scotland are extremely proud and hugely passionate about developing the chefs of tomorrow. All schools on the day were winners but a special mention to St Margaret's R.C Primary for their Sunday Roast Pie.”

Alistair MacIntyre, National Chair of ASSIST FM, said:

“This is the second time we have been involved in this competition. We are delighted that the winning dish will not only be featured during Scottish School Meals Week across Scottish schools (31 october-4 November 2017), but it will also be served up to our delegates at the 2017 ASSIST FM Conference on the 24 August in Glasgow.”

Moira Stalker, FDF Scotland Schools Programme Coordinator, said:

“This challenge showcased the variety of exciting careers and processes that are involved in creating one product and getting it to market. The pupils have also learnt how the subjects they study at school are relevant to the real world of work. Well done to all the schools involved, I was extremely impressed by the quality of the products and the pupils' presentations on the day.”

Alan Armstrong, Strategic Director for Education Scotland said:

“I am delighted to see so many primary pupils across Scotland getting involved in this fun and engaging challenge. This is a great competition to involve Scottish pupils in important learning about food education and to promote healthy eating. Congratulations from Education Scotland to the winners and all those involved.”

The finalists included:

  • St Margaret's R.C Primary, Fife (Mincey Wincey Chip Dip)
  • St Margaret's R.C Primary, Fife (Sunday Roast Pie)
  • Glenboig Primary, North Lanarkshire (Ham Super Salad and Scoodle Pots)
  • Glenboig Primary, North Lanarkshire (Rice and Spicy Chicken)
  • Newarthill Primary, North Lanarkshire (Sizzling Stir Fry)
  • Orchard Primary, North Lanarkshire (Chicken, Thyme and Potato Pie)

Note to Editors:

  1. FDF Scotland is the voice of the Scottish food and drink manufacturing industry – Scotland's largest manufacturing sector.
  2. FDF Scotland's schools work - A Future in Food, funded by the Scottish Government, helps teachers, pupils and parents better understand the food and drink industry in Scotland, highlights the wide variety of careers on offer, helps pupils understand the skills required by employers and how the subjects they study in school relate to the real world of work.
  3. The judges of the final challenge on 31 May 2017 at City of Glasgow College were: Gary MacLean; Moira Stalker - FDF Scotland Schools Programme Coordinator; Lorna Aitken - Development Office at Education Scotland; Alistair MacIntyre – National Chair of ASSIST FM; Derek Lockett - Development Chef at Brakes Scotland; and John McLintock - Operations Director at Brakes Scotland.

More Information

Contact Kirsty Ritchie, Food and Drink Federation Scotland, at:, or 0131 222 8040.

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