Gretton school pupils learn how to make the perfect pie

Pupils from Gretton Primary School took part in a cottage pie cooking masterclass as part of the Cookathon initiative. Pictured are Neve Smyth, Megan Clements, Ethan Cresswell, Lily Earl, Shane Dolby, Elle Wheatley.

Pupils from Gretton Primary School took part in a cottage pie cooking masterclass as part of the Cookathon initiative. Pictured are Neve Smyth, Megan Clements, Ethan Cresswell, Lily Earl, Shane Dolby, Elle Wheatley.

Pupils from Gretton Primary School rolled up their sleeves and tied on their aprons this week to take part in a cottage pie masterclass.

The team of six students mashed, chopped, blended and baked to create the perfect cottage pie.

The masterclass event was part of the ‘Big Cookathon 2016’, launched by The Children’s Food Trust and the Tesco Eat Happy Project to help teach children about how to prepare and cook food, while learning about the origins of their favourite meals.

During the weekend of 22nd – 25th April 2016, groups across the country - including school children, families and members of the Women’s Institute - will hit their kitchens to make even more cottage pies for the ‘Big Cookathon 2016’.

The ‘Big Cookathon’ is in its eighth year and aims to get families cooking nutritious and easy recipes from scratch, instead of opting for expensive ready meals or unhealthy takeaways. The ‘Big Cookathon’ encourages families to sit down to dinner together and savour the quality time meals can provide.

Children’s Food Trust CEO, Linda Cregan, said: “This recipe takes its inspiration from a time when meals were eaten by families around a table at home, without the distraction of mobile phones and computer games. The Big Cookathon is one way to get back a bit of that precious family time.

“Learning to cook is an essential life skill and when children eat better, they do better.”

Jodi Burt, who co-runs The Tesco Eat Happy Project, says: “We’re delighted to be able to provide children with the important skills and knowledge they need to eat healthily. We hope that we can encourage more children to get involved in cooking by showing them how they can prepare delicious meals for themselves and their families to enjoy together.”

The Tesco Eat Happy Project is a long-term commitment to help primary school children have a healthier and happier relationship with food. Tesco believes that if children understand more about where food comes from and how to cook it, they can make better decisions about what they put on their plates when they grow up.

To sign up to the ‘Big Cookathon 2016’ and make your own cottage pie with your family, friends or colleagues, visit www.bigcookathon.org.uk and pledge to cook.