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#EWWRAwards finalists || Education • Carluke Primary School & Chefs@Schools

The EWWR Awards finalists have been announced! In each category the Jury has selected their top 3 finalists. The winners will be revealed on 22 May in Brussels during the EWWR Awards Ceremony. To find out more about the finalists, their initiative and commitment for waste reduction, we have caught up with them for a short interview.

1 • What is “Soup-a-thon” about?”

During the EWWR 2017, we launched our “soup-a-thon” programme with a theme of food waste prevention. We created 4 soup recipes for using up vegetables that are often forgotten in the fridge and ran four workshops in different schools teaching basic cooking skills as well as the impacts of food waste in Scotland. We showed the children how simple things like using our freezers better can be effective at preventing waste – saving money and saving the planet! We twinned our action with Sant Josep School in Navàs and had the pupils try out saying different words in Catalan – “no food waste” was a bit too much for the Scottish pupils but they loved trying out “soup” and “freeze”. The EWWR was just the beginning; since November we’ve run workshops in over 8 schools reaching 456 children. The programme will continue throughout the Scottish Year of Young People 2018 in a bid to raise awareness of food waste and to ensure that children gain lifelong skills from our project.

2 • How did you come across this idea?

For a long time, we had been thinking about how 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. It seemed to us like the perfect vehicle for the core messages of the European Week for Waste Reduction such as encouraging individual action and raising awareness.

3 • Why is waste reduction important for your organisation?

Working closely with professionals in the food industry and young people across Scotland, we know the impact that food waste, in particular, can have and the importance of reducing it from both a business and environmental perspective. Reducing waste, in general, is something we integrate into every element of the Chefs@School Programme. Knowing that and understanding of this issue is a critical importance to our future generations.

4 • Where can we find you?

Recipes: https://scotland.lovefoodhatewaste.com

Website: www.chefsatschool.org

Social media: @ChefsAtSchool | @ChefsatSchool

Register for the Awards Ceremony here and join us in Brussels to discover who the winners will be!