Fife goes for gold
27 June 2013
Since achieving the bronze Food for Life Catering Mark award in April, Fife Council has been serving over 11,000 award winning meals each weekday in its primary schools.
But Fife isn’t stopping there; during an event to celebrate the award, the Kingdom of Fife’s Depute Provost, Kay Morrison took the opportunity to announce the launch of an innovative new project to pilot the Food for Life gold Catering Mark standards across their Kirkland high school cluster.
In partnership with Food for Life Scotland and The Fife Diet, Fife Council is hoping to achieve the gold standard within a year.
At the launch event, hosted by Mountfleurie Primary School in Leven, the pupils, parents, teachers and council representatives tucked into a gold standard menu created and prepared by Mountfleurie Primary’s Senior Cook (with a helping hand from both Fife Diet and Food for Life Scotland.)
The menu on the day included freshly prepared vegetable soup with organic potatoes, carrots and spinach; hand-made pizza with organic tomato and “hidden veg” sauce and local cheese; cottage pie with organic beef mince plus a dessert of fresh, seasonal and local strawberries with local yoghurt and freshly baked shortbread. Children and adults alike enjoyed the delicious food and there were lots of empty plates and happy tummies at the end of lunchtime.
To achieve the gold Food for Life Catering Mark standards, the pilot menu will focus on fresh, healthy, seasonal and some organic produce and, importantly, will include much produce sourced from within the Kingdom of Fife, in order to support the local economy and maximise the environmental benefits. If successful, Fife Council will be looking to roll the program out more broadly across its schools.