2017 Tilda Together winner, Fairfield High School has continued to inspire its students on the importance of healthy eating by hosting a dedicated Rice Day.
The Hereford school ran a competition earlier in the year to encourage pupils to submit their recipe ideas for a rice-inspired menu, after winning 25kg of Tilda Brown & White as part of their Tilda Together prize.
Speaking about the day, Emily Bevan, who teaches Food & Nutrition at Fairfield High School said;
“It’s incredibly important to encourage students to think about what they would like to eat in the school canteen and get them engaged with creating healthy and new recipes. Following on from last year’s Tilda Together School Sports Day, the students were excited to have ownership over the canteen menu for a day and it was fantastic to see them create a range of fusion dishes with Tilda.”
The menu included winning dishes Chicken & Chorizo Baked Rice by pupil Marni Davies, Vegetable Chilli suggested by Elizabeth Williams and Peri Peri Chicken by Nathan Davies. Anne Bounton-Preece, Operations Manager at education catering specialist, Alliance in Partnership chose the recipes and awarded the winning students a cookery book.
Commenting on the sell-out day, Anne said;
“As the students had won the Tilda Brown & White we wanted them to benefit, so the meals were sold at a discounted price. The day worked incredibly well on a number of levels, from the dishes selling out to the students engaging with the importance of healthy eating. Since the day, we’ve continued to include the recipes on the menu and they always prove to be popular.”
Last summer the Peterchurch school scooped £500, 25kg Tilda Brown & White rice, as well as a Tilda Together School Sports Day which included a nutritional talk and cooking demo, plus a sports day hosted by international athlete Jess Piasecki.
Hearing about the Rice Day, Annette Coggins, Head of Foodservice at Tilda said:
“We were over the moon to hear that Fairfield has been inspired by its Tilda Together School Sports Day to hold a Rice Day. Tilda Together is about combining taste and nutrition in dishes that offer genuine goodness, and we are delighted that the students suggested such exciting, nutritional dishes for their menu. It’s so important that pupils are educated on the important of good nutrition and we applaud Emily and Anne for their good work.”
A 50:50 mix of wholegrain and white rice, Tilda Brown & White Rice is naturally gluten-free and has over 30% lower GI than standard white rice to help maintain a sustained flow of energy throughout the school day. Offering a range of vitamins and minerals important for pupils’ development, it is the blend recommended by the School Food Standards so school caterers can be confident they are producing meal plans which meet current targets.