Rotary Young Chef 2009

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Friday 4th December saw five finalists from the Preston Lodge, Home Economics department compete in the school final of the Rotary Young Chef competition 2009/10. 

The pupils created a fantastic array of dishes, both main courses and desserts to temp the judges taste buds.   The standard was exceptionally high, a comment from one of the Rotarians regarding the judges (Colin & Sarah from McKirdy’s Steakhouse, Edinburgh)  – they were excellent with the youngsters throughout, giving constructive feedback at the judging and, most importantly, praising them all.  Actually the ‘praising’ part was easy since the standard was so high, but nevertheless was well-merited.
Having held the school heat the previous Monday, the finalists were S2 pupils Eilidh Alexander, Tansu Mowat, Isla Macaskill, plus S4 pupils Rebecca Atkins and Sean Gaffney.

The winner was Rebecca, with runner up being Isla who received vouchers from Longniddry Rotary Club.  Both go on to represent the school at the zone final on 11th January at Beeslack High School in Midlothian.  Well done to all who entered!!

Our thanks to Longniddry Rotary for their support throughout, especially Mr Gordon Smillie.

Active Kids Get cooking Breakfast Challenge

Mrs Nicoll’s S4 Hospitality class have been busy creating wonderful ideas for a delicious breakfast as part of the special challenge within ‘Active Kids get cooking’ opportunities.

Initially pupils investigated ideas on the internet, looking at different breakfasts in various countries. They then tried some of the ideas within class time. Pupils were then put into pairs/groups to work on developing the ones they decided they liked most. Ideas included baked doughnuts, fruity crepes, a variety of fruity drinks.smoothies/mooless,variations of french toast and welsh rarebit.

Staff were then invited to sample the dishes and decide on the entries we would send off as part of the national competition. 3 dishes were chosen from a very high standard.

The winning dishes were :-

Toffee Apple & Raspberry porridge with honey & greek yogurt drizzle, plus a refreshing fruit smoothie – created by Blair Forlow – S4

Hawaiian tropical crepes with mango coulis, coconut cream and crshed pineapple- with Morning Caribbean mooless- created by Hannah Burns – S4

Egg stuffed baked tomatoes with welsh rarebit topping, asparagus and tomato accompaniments followed by Berry stuffed frech brioche with poached peaches and a Merry berry smoothie on the side. – created by Lee Sneddon

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A great effort by all pupils involved. They seemed to enjoy the challenge and using their own recipes to achieve such good results.

Well done!

Active Kids Get Cooking in Home Economics

S1/2 pupils at Preston Lodge had the opportunity to submit a recipe of their choice and creation as part of a national initiative (Active Kids Get Cooking) supported by Sainsbury’s.

Pupils entered as part of the level 1 Bronze award, with ideas for using Local Produce and Hearty Soups. They had to consider healthy eating, food selection, planning, cooking and presentation. They also had to ensure safe and hygienic working practices.

Five pupils were then selected to take part in the School ‘Cook off’

Eilidh Alexander – 1Gr3 – Homemade Scotch Broth

Ashton Ritchie – 1Gr3 – Stuffed Butternut Squash

Courtney Ritchie – 1Gr3 – Sweet Potato, Carrot & Ginger soup

Sam Donaldson -1Se1 – Smoked Fish Cakes

Fraser Woods – 1Gr3- Clapshot Pie

The pupils created their dishes within 1hour 15minutes ready for the judges to undertake the very difficult task of deciding on the winners. The judges included Mr Stewart, Mr Galbraith and Mr Don Ledingham (Director of Education). They all agreed it was a very high standard.

The eventual winners were Courtney for the Hearty Soups section and Sam for the Local Produce section.

All entries will receive their Bronze award certificates shortly.

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Rotary Young Chef Competition – School Heat

Lee stars in the Kitchen


Enthusiastic young chef Lee Sneddon received a framed certificate and a Gift Voucher for £25 when he won the Longniddry and District Rotary Club’s Young Chef competition held at Preston Lodge School on the 14th January. The runner up was Sean Gaffney who also received a framed certificate and a gift voucher for £20.


The competition, which was entered by three girls and three boys, was judged by John Cleary who provides the catering at Craigielaw Golf Club and Hilary Cochran from Knowes Farm and Shop who also presented the awards to the winner and runner up respectively. President Peter Wood presented all the entrants with certificates, recognising their participation.


The organisers, the Club’s Youth Opportunities team chaired by convener Charles Simpson, appreciated the feedback from the Preston Lodge teaching staff that the pupils had enjoyed the experience, which they felt, was a genuine competition.


The event is part of a Rotary District 1020 initiative to encourage the development of life skills and the next stage is the zone competition at which the winners from Penicuik and Dunbar High Schools will compete with the Preston Lodge winner at Preston Lodge in early February

Active Kids get Cooking in Home Economics

Active Kids get cookingOpen to all S1/2 pupils in Preston Lodge High School

Why not take part in the ‘Bronze Award’ competition? There are 4 categories to choose from. Come up with an original idea or alter a recipes you have used or seen on TV. All entries should be submitted to the Home Economics department by Friday 7th November. 4 recipes will be chosen from each category and their will be a final’cook off’ at the end of November. If you require more information, ask any member of the Home Economics Department. Don’t miss out, prizes to be won!!!
Choose from the following options:-

  1. Super Shake – Develop a dairy based drink or smoothie which promotes the 5-a-day message. The drink should be for everyone to enjoy at breakfast time.
  2. Seasonal Soup – Make a hearty soup that encourages people to eat more seasonal vegetables and follows current healthy eating guidelines, particularly reducing salt content by using alternative flavourings.
  3. Top Toastie – Plan, prepare and cook a range of toasted sandwiches that could be sold at a youth club. Use a range of different types of bread and fillings.
  4. Local food – Plan, prepare and cook a recipe that reflects a local or regional area from around Scotland. Consider ways in which healthier cooking practices could be used.

On our Doorstep Cook Club- Competition Results

The final evening of the cook club took the form of a Cookery Competition. The task was to create ‘a main course for 2 people using local produce’. 14 second year pupils took part in creating a great range of dishes at a very high standard to ensure the judges had a very difficult task in deciding on the eventual winner.

The winners were

1st Dean Martin 2Se2

2nd Sean Gaffney 2Se2 & Gordon Flemming 2Gr3st

Well done to all who took part.

What do you do in Home Economics?

There is always plenty happening in the Home Economics department at Prestonlodge High School. Take a look at the presentation to give you a ‘flavour’ .

Included is our recent competition involvement. Also how we encourage all pupils to think about their own health & the food they eat. Opportunities provided in various ways.

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Home Economics at Preston Lodge