Hundreds take on cooking challenge

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Hundreds of youngsters have taken on a mammoth ‘cookathon’ challenge to raise money for charity.

Amateur chefs lead by food teacher Jayne Fitzsimmons rolled up their sleeves at The Blyth Academy to cook up a healthy ‘speedy biryani’, created by The Children’s Food Trust for the BIG Cookathon 2015.

They were joining thousands of people in schools, clubs, workplaces and families, who were all cooking a healthy and delicious curry from scratch.

The Blyth Academy organised a range of events during the cookathon, including making the speedy chicken biryani, and a community event.

Open learning centre manager Janet Beecroft said: “The smiles of confidence on the children’s faces when they presented their final dishes was brilliant.

“It was great to see so many staff being empowered and taking part in the cookathan with the children.

“The children practised and used phenomenal skills throughout their visit and couldn’t wait to take their recipes home to share with their families.”

The special guest for the morning was Scott Martin from Newcastle Eagles basketball team who learned a tip or two as the children showed him how to make the biryani.

As part of the events, the cow and pig from butcher Premier Meats joined the school.

Mrs Beecroft added: “The younger children were very excited about meeting the characters and having photographs taken.”