Budding young chefs and gardeners from The Oval Primary School in Birmingham have been named as the winners of Alpro and WWF-UK’s Plant2Plate recipe competition. Their inventive Oval Allotment Cottage Pie, made using fresh ingredients grown on school grounds, impressed the judges for being organic, delicious and nutritious.
Alpro and WWF-UK invited children from primary schools across the UK to cook up a delicious dish with fruit and vegetables grown on school grounds. The top 50 winning recipes will appear online and as winners, The Oval School will receive £1000 to spend on gardening and cooking equipment.
Kate Arthur, Head of Science and Nutrition at Alpro complimented the winners for their organically grown vegetables; including kale, runner beans, peas, tomatoes, potatoes and onions from their school allotment. Kate said: ‘We had so many fantastic entries so it was a difficult choice, but we chose the Oval Allotment Cottage Pie because it champione produce grown in their allotment to make a healthy and delicious plant based meal for the
whole family to enjoy.’
The runner-up was Harry, from St Edmund Campion Catholic Primary School, in Maidenhead, with his gluten-free and dairy-free Harrylicious Pancakes chosen for his imaginative use of ingredients including nuts, fruits and soya.
The competition is part of WWF and Alpro's wider Plant2Plate campaign, which aims to inspire primary school children to make their schools greener by reducing energy use, growing their own food, encouraging wildlife and reducing waste. The campaign is part of a wider WWF Green Ambassadors scheme with schools nationwide to encourage a new generation of sustainability champions.
Cherry Duggan, Head of Schools and Youth at WWF-UK said; “Food is a huge part of our everyday lives and yet many of us have never been more disconnected from the growing and the cooking of it. What’s more, we rarely hear how what we eat and the ways in which we are growing, producing and processing food has a massive impact on our planet, contributing substantially to climate change and biodiversity loss. We need to help children
understand how eating the right diet can be healthier for them and the planet. And we should all encourage children to experience the joy of having a go at planting, growing and cooking with fresh ingredients.”
Download the winning recipes here: The_Oval_Allotment_Cottage_Pie.
For more information on Plant2Plate go to wwf.org.uk/plant2plate
Proud to be pioneers of plant-based eating, Alpro has been creating delicious plant-based alternatives to milk, yoghurt, cream, custard and desserts for over 35 years, made from either non-GM soya beans, almonds, coconuts, hazelnuts, rice and oats.
WWF is one of the world’s largest independent conservation organisations, with more than five million supporters and a global network active in more than one hundred countries. Through their engagement with the public, businesses and government, WWF focus on safeguarding the natural world, creating solutions to the most serious environmental issues facing our planet, so that people and nature thrive. Find out more about their work, past and present at wwf.org.uk.