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Cooking Up A Storm

A new Session 3 cookery club is proving popular with students.

Licence To Cook started this term and 25 Year 8 and Year 9 students are now staying after the Academy day on Tuesdays to whip up some tasty meals.

The class is taken by Food Technology Teacher Doreen Dicks, who said: "The club is about trying to build on the skills that students are acquiring during lesson time.

"The emphasis is on healthy eating and each week we alternate between a sweet and a savoury dish.

"But we try to make it a social event as well, as preparing and eating food is a good way to develop social skills and cooking should be enjoyed."

Recipes on the menu so far have been spaghetti bolognese and rhubarb crumble.

A cookbook supplied by the DCSF and endorsed by TV chef Phil Vickery is used by the students for recipe ideas.

Mrs Dicks said: "The students are more aware of food and cooking because they tend to watch the chefs on TV.

"I have noticed over the last ten years that young people are more aware of food and I think that is because of the number of cookery programmes on TV".

The Session 3 club will be running all year, although because of the level of interest it may be split into two, with a new intake later in the year.

The Session 3 club costs £1, which pays for the food items.

To find out more students can speak to Mrs Dicks in the AMID faculty.