PUPILS spent the day in the kitchen as part of a national competition.
Admiral Lord Nelson School took part in the Cookathon challenge which encourages people to get together and enjoy making and eating food.
Scores of students from the Portsmouth school in Dundas Lane, Copnor were given the recipe of a ‘speedy chicken biryani’ and helped prep and cook the dish.
They then sat down together after school and at the end of their lessons to enjoy the meal.
Canteen manager Gaye Bartlett registered the school in the competition, with the help of food technology teachers including Lisa Martin.
Ms Martin said: ‘The competition was set up by the Children’s Food Trust and it aims to get as many students as possible to come together and cook healthy, nutritious food.
It gives them the chance to learn new cooking skills and preparation skills.Lisa Martin - food technology teacher
‘It gives them the chance to learn new cooking skills and preparation skills.’
Pupils in years 8 and 9 who take food technology classes cooked the curry during lessons. After school, year 7 pupils were given the chance to have a go, chopping onions and tomatoes, cooking the chicken and adding sauce.
Ms Martin added: ‘We had 65 students cooking and eating their foods during the day and then year 7 pupils got to join in.
‘It was a good opportunity for them to try something new.’
The chicken biryani recipe was given by the Children’s Food Trust and Ms Bartlett donated the food items to the school.
David Toth, a year 10 GCSE food technology student, said: ‘It was really good that we were able to take part in the competition.
‘It was nice to do something different to our ordinary classes and have the chance to cook something new.’
Eleven-year-old year 7 pupil Jood Elyas said: ‘I enjoyed doing all the different aspects of cooking like chopping the tomatoes and frying the onions.
‘I think it was good for us to learn the skills to make food.
‘It was fun and I am glad the school took part in the competition.’
Admiral Lord Nelson will now put pictures of the day on the national Cookathon website, along with a register of everyone who took part in a bid to win prize money of up to £2,000. The winners will be announced on April 20.