Seafood in Schools at Brechin High

THIS year’s Seafood in Schools programme began with an exciting and interactive anchor event at Brechin High School yesterday (Tuesday).

Around 500 children will be taking part in this two-day programme which continues today, with students from Brechin High School joined by pupils from all the local primary schools.

Attending the first day of the event was the Scottish Celebrity chef Nick Nairn who carried out two cookery demonstrations, with budding chefs having the opportunity to copy his dishes, as well as gaining a unique insight into the intricacies and handiwork of the top chef.

Nick, who is the youngest ever Scot to receive a Michelin Star, even without any formal training, is the perfect role model for the children.

Alexandria Hay, a former Grampian Chef of the Year will be cooking with pupils today.

Another fantastic foodie in attendance will be Iain R Spink with his award-winning Original Smokies from Arbroath.

Iain has enjoyed unbridled success in increasing the profile of the Arbroath Smokie and is a real advocate for buying locally and supporting traditional foods and the children will be able to watch the centuries old process of making a Smokie.

Over the two days children will attend four workshops to learn where seafood comes from, how it gets to their plates and why it is good to eat.

Handling and eating seafood are all part of the fun, and local fishmongers Stephens are lending a fish filleter for the event to demonstrate key skills.

A trixter bike in the playground, courtesy of the Fish For Health project, will help pupils calculate how much energy it takes to burn off a seafood meal.

A community event took place last night giving parents and guardians an opportunity to take part in all the activity and fill up on seafood!

Most excitingly is that Landward will be filming this event to be broadcasted in early October.

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment Richard Lochhead MSP said: “Seafood in Schools is an excellent programme that will give many young people throughout the country the opportunity to learn about healthy Scottish seafood, where it comes from and why it is good for them.

“At the Brechin High School event pupils will have opportunities to handle, prepare and taste Scottish seafood. I’m sure that the demonstrations from Nick Nairn will help inspire the youngsters to try new types of seafood and find out how delicious it can be.”

The headmaster at Brechin High, Steve Dempsey, commented: “This is a wonderful opportunity for pupils from the Brechin Cluster schools to gain an insight into the benefits of eating seafood as part of a healthy and balanced diet, and I am grateful to Seafood in Schools for organising the event. We are delighted to provide a stimulating learning experience that reflects the key features of the new Curriculum for Excellence.”

The Seafood in Schools project follows on from the success of last year’s pilot project, and is being rolled out nationally with funding from Scottish Government, SSPO, The Scottish Fishermen’s Trust and Seafish, and support from both the fishing and aquaculture industry.