Pupils cook up foodie magazine

S2 PUPILS from Mearns Academy have been working hard for months to create magazines with a healthy living and good food theme. Their efforts were judged on Wednesday by expert panel (seated l-r): Moira Stalker from the Scottish Food and Drink Institute, Cheryl Sharp from Macphies of Glenbervie, Dr Byrd from Aberdeen University's Rowatt Institute and rector Ian Parkin.
S2 PUPILS from Mearns Academy have been working hard for months to create magazines with a healthy living and good food theme. Their efforts were judged on Wednesday by expert panel (seated l-r): Moira Stalker from the Scottish Food and Drink Institute, Cheryl Sharp from Macphies of Glenbervie, Dr Byrd from Aberdeen University's Rowatt Institute and rector Ian Parkin.

PUPILS from Mearns Academy were put through their paces last Wedensday in the culmination of an Apprentice-style competition to produce and edit a magazine to promote careers in the food and drink industry.

The initiative is due to a partnership between food ingredients manufacturer Macphie, the University of Aberdeen Rowett Institute for Nutrition and Health and the Scottish Food and Drink Federation (SFDF). This partnership is part of SFDF’s innovative schools programme ‘A Future in Food’

Back in February the pupils were set their own ‘Alan Sugar’ inspired task to produce and edit a magazine based on food. The pupils were challenged to use the magazine to promote careers in the food and drink industry, explain the types of careers on offer: from science-related roles in technical to positions in marketing. The pupils were also asked to find out what qualifications, skills and expertise are required to work in the food industry. They had to produce articles on food produced locally, get an exclusive interview with a local food champion, produce an article on the role of nutrition in life long health, and write a feature for a healthy new dessert. Pupils will also be expected to explain how the magazine would appeal to its target audience of young people and will be given their own ‘virtual budget’.