Schools soup-a-thon a recipe for success

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Can you cook soup from scratch? Surprisingly few of us can rustle up what was once a traditional Scottish staple, but thanks to Chefs @ School over 500 children across Scotland can now do just that! This project is now one of 3 finalist in the Education category of the European Week for Waste Reduction Awards 2018 with the winners being revealed on 22 May.

As part of European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) 2018, Chefs @ School launched a new soup-a-thon project where they put together 4 pupil-friendly soup making recipe packs and practical workshops for 4 primary schools including Carluke, Abronhill, St Bernadette’s and Holy Cross Primary. They were also joined by a school in Catalonia; Sant Josep School in Navàs sent across videos of their pupils saying ‘nae food waste’ and shared their own traditional soup recipe.

EWWR is a week of coordinated action aiming to raise awareness of how to reduce waste across our society and reducing food waste was at the heart of these workshops. Each recipe pack contained key messages about the importance of reducing waste – for both environmental and financial reasons – while the workshops taught pupils and teachers to make friends with their freezers to stop good food going in the bin!


 “Soup is often overlooked in Scotland, but it is such a simple nutritious and tasty way of reducing food waste – easily adaptable and a great way to teach core cookery skills.”  Marie-Clare James, Chefs @ School

The EWWR Award ceremony will take place in Brussels on the 22 May; finalists and winners have been selected by a panel of experts working in the environmental sector. We’ve got our fingers and toes crossed for Chefs @ School and all participating schools!

If you'd like to try the recipes for yourself you can get them here: