The Canteen Challange
After three fun filled days of kids cooking in the MAGGI Pop Up Kitchen, at Coonamble. It’s all systems go for the canteen challenge. The canteen challenge is where the kids have one last chance to cook up in the MAGGI Pop Up Kitchen, only this time instead of cooking a meal for four they cook for the entire school! That’s children, teachers, helpers and parents as well as invited community members. All of whom get a chance to vote for the meal or snack that they think is the tastiest and the one that they would most like to see in the school canteen. Running this type of event for large numbers of people is no easy task; I mean cooking up 100’s of serves of fresh healthy food in a Pop Up Kitchen, with school children as the chefs, and having it all ready to go at the same time. I did think to myself at one point “are we crazy?” But I shouldn’t have worried. The kids showed passion, great organisation and applied all the cooking skills they had learnt, to serve up healthy pizza, which was made using a wholemeal flatbread as the base. A really tasty beef pie, banana bread that used dates to replace some of the fat – this meant it was less than 50% the calories/kilojoules of a regular banana bread. So it was great to see the banana bread come second in the voting, because this shows that healthy food can be tasty food. But back to the competition, votes were so close that a recount was demanded. Recount carried out didn’t effect the result, so by the narrowest of margin of only 10 votes the overall winning dish was Bolognese pasta bake. Well chosen! This yummy easy to prepare bake will now feature in the school canteen, meaning that even after the MAGGI team have packed up and left town, a little of the MAGGI Pop Up Kitchen will live on in Coonamble.