Bolton school meals taste challenge 

Chef Phil Ogden with the School Meals Test sign
School meals chef Phil Ogden encourages parents to take up the taste test challenge

Bolton Council is putting its school meals to the taste test and challenging parents to tuck in.


Council bosses are confident that its primary and secondary school meals are of the highest quality and would like parents to visit Bolton Market, on Ashburner Street, to test the school menu for themselves.


On August 11, 13, 14 and 15, from 10.00am to 2.00pm school meals chef Phil Ogden will be preparing dishes in the cooking demonstration kitchen, situated in the fish market section of Bolton Market on Ashburner Street.


Councillor Ismail Ibrahim, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, said: “We’ve really improved the standards of our meals over the last few years and we want to invite parents to taste and see the meals and how they’re prepared first-hand. We want as many people as possible to visit Bolton Market, tuck in and let us know what they think. We really need to get mums and dads on board to help us promote healthy eating at home as well as at school.”


Different dinners will be cooked up each day and parents can try foods inspired by cuisine from across the continents including Thai spiced fish cake, kheema loaf and creamy tomato pancakes. Desserts which can be sampled include strawberry fruit fool and oat cookies.


Catering officers from Bolton Council will also be on hand to offer advice and information.


Figures released in July showed the uptake of school dinners in primary and secondary schools in Bolton was higher than the national average.


Councillor Ismail Ibrahim added: “We sell on average 12,000 meals per day and we’re being even more innovative with the menus. We consult with schools, student councils, and individual School Nutrition Action Groups which means we can offer our pupils the healthy food they enjoy. All our school meals comply with the government's nutritional standards.”

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