Students could win £50 worth of vouchers in a cookery competition to get creative with leftovers. They have to submit their recipes to Miss Letchet by Monday and up to 24 finalists will create their dishes in an after-school cook-off later this term.
Kirsten Grundy and Heather Marden from the Northamptonshire Waste Education Team will judge the results and the winner and runner-up will receive high street vouchers of £50 and £25 respectively.
The ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ competition was launched by Ms Grundy of the Northamptonshire Waste Education Team, during an assembly that included surprising statistics about food miles and wastage, along with tips to reduce the amount thrown away annually.
Ms Grundy told students how the ingredients of a typical cheese and pineapple pizza may have travelled 17,400 miles to get to the UK. Around 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink are thrown away by UK households each year, which equates to around £50 worth a month and 700,000 unopened chocolate bars are discarded each day.
Ms Grundy said: ‘It is a real waste that all of these resources are thrown away and it has a massive environmental impact, not only because lots of food waste ends up in landfill but also because of the resources, including water, used in the production of food in the first place.’
Recipes using typical leftover ingredients should be handed in to Miss Letchet by Monday and the cook-off will take place after school on Tuesday 9 October. Ingredients for the short-listed dishes will be provided.
Miss Letchet said: ‘The statistics given in assembly show what a widespread problem food wastage can be. It is costly and unnecessary especially as leftover vegetables, scraps of meat and chunks of cheese or bread can all be the basis of healthy, nutritious and tasty dishes. I am sure the students will enjoy coming up with their own recipes and I and the Northamptonshire Waste Education Team will enjoy sampling their results.’