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Isle of Lewis pupils take the cake

28 June 2012

An award winning White Chocolate and Apple Cake, developed by pupils from the Nicholson Institute on the Isle of Lewis, has won the top award in the Stag Bakeries Schools Partnership Challenge

This is an annual competition run by Stag Bakeries which this year challenged pupils to devise a new cake for the manufacturer’s product range.

Over 200 students from four local schools on the island took part in the challenge to design a new cake product for the ‘food to go’ market. The winning recipe will go into production on 2 July and be available to buy in local shops on 3 July.

As part of the challenge, the S2 pupils (aged 13-14) learnt about cooking and the science of food. They also developed their business skills, including in marketing, financial management and product development. Over the course of the task, pupils have also learnt how different skills and subjects in the curriculum can lead to different job roles in the future.

This partnership between education and industry was developed by the Scottish Food and Drink Federation’s (SFDF)2 ‘A Future in Food’2 national school’s programme to promote careers in the industry. The Education and Children's Services Department of Western Isles Council was also instrumental in enabling the partnership and supporting the schools.

Angus Maclennan, Deputy Head at the Nicholson Institute, said: “Our partnership with Stag Bakeries has provided a context for pupils to practise and develop skills in a host of different subjects. Pupils can’t wait for their winning cake to appear on the shop shelves.”

Colin Daniels, Product Development Manager at Stag Bakeries, said: “The modern Scottish food industry is an exciting place to be. Working with schools gives us the chance to help pupils, teachers and parents better understand the importance of our industry and the great career opportunities that exist within it.”

Alan Clarke, Chief Executive at Scottish Bakers, said: “This is a fantastic example of a business education partnership that has made a positive impact on so many pupils and enables them to develop both food manufacturing and important business related skills that our sector requires."


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