Hackney children cook their own school dinner

It was lunch with a twist at one school cafeteria today (Monday) – not only were stuffed Cajun chicken breasts and white chocolate cheesecake on the menu, but the dishes were cooked by the children.

The three-course meal was prepared by the youngsters to celebrate their graduation from Morningside Primary School’s cookery club, which was set up by head cook Marilyn Campbell.

“It went really well,” she said. “We had about 15 children cooking for 50 people so we’re all absolutely knackered now, but it was worth it. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and they all said how good everything tasted.

“Everyone’s stuffed!”

Miss Campbell launched the club, which is open to pupils in years four to six, to bring children and parents together to create healthy dishes.

The graduation lunch was attended by Hackney Council’s speaker, Cllr Susan Fajana Thomas, who was the guest of honour, as well as parents, teachers and some of the other children at the school in Chatham Place.