School Fairtrade Café and Cook Book launch on 6th March 2015

On Friday 6th of March 2015, after a term of planning and preparations, the Lismore Primary School Celebrity Cook book was finally launched. Led by Classroom Assistant and Catering Manager Hazel MacCormick, the children helped to plan the book and the launch, developing many useful skills along the way.

The children decided to make a Celebrity Cook Book to raise money to fund an outdoor activity trip with Stramash. They wrote to many famous chefs asking if they would donate a recipe for the book. The response was amazing with chefs such as Marco Pierre White, Michel Roux Jnr and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall sending recipes as well as Scottish chefs Claire MacDonald and Tom Kitchin. Many of the chefs also sent personal letters to the children.

The launch began with a short presentation given by the children explaining how and why the project had come about. Customers were then invited to buy the book and to stop at the Fairtrade Café. The children funded the Fairtrade café with the £100 Traidcraft gift vouchers which they won last term in the National Fairtrade Snack Attack competition. Fairtrade tea, coffee and cakes baked by the children were on sale alongside the recipe book and other Fairtrade goods. Customers were able to taste samples of some of the famous chefsí recipes. These included Mary Berryís Wonderful Apple Cake, Martin Wishartís Courgette and Basil Soup and Antony Worrall Thompsonís Carrot Cake Muffins. The children waited on customers in the café and served on the Fairtrade stall as well as selling and taking orders for their book.

Copies of the Cook Book are available from the school at a cost of £5, or by mail order for £6 (including post and packing) from Lismore Primary School

Text and photographs provided by Lismore Primary School on 7th March 2015


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