We've just wrapped up the second year of Fresh Enterprise, a food education programme devised with our partners, Belazu.
Belazu Ingredient Company is driven by five core principles focussing on the vital importance of ingredients, provenance, people, environment and bringing the very best of everything together. That makes them perfect project partners for School Food Matters in our quest to teach children about where their food comes from. Together we have devised a programme to engage schools with the creation of a Belazu product, to tell the story of the journey from The Med to the supermarket shelf.
In year two of Fresh Enterprise, we worked with four secondary schools from the London Borough of Ealing. The programme started with a tour of Belazu's specialist premises in Greenford, meeting the people behind the products, from production line to packing, all the way to distribution and marketing. Student's heard about Belazu's inspiring story which began when two boys met on their first day at secondary school and were introduced to a whole range of careers in food.
Next came a creative cooking session led by food teacher Michaela Bowles, where students focused on taste and flavours and were challenged with creating a brand new Belazu product. The students who created the tastiest products at the session then presented their work to Belazu’s founders along with their development chef and marketing guru. The panel of judges were so impressed by the student’s creativity that they’ve committed to putting all three recipes into production!