NEWA Students Scoop International Cookbook Award!

Posted on: 6th December 2019

We’ve won a prestigious international cookbook award for a recipe book celebrating the history of food and community in the Black County.

Ormiston North East Wolverhampton Academy worked in partnership with Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy (OSCA) on a book called Bostin’ Fittle which scooped a Gourmand World Cookbook Award in the Local category. The book was launched earlier this year at an event at the Black Country Living Museum and was developed by 50 students aged 11-16 from both schools, as well as their teachers and principals, visiting experts and project partners, and the enrichment team at Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT).

The cookbook was created through the larger youth-led Bostin’ Fittle project, which was made possible through OAT’s partnership with the Black Country Living Museum and the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Ormiston Trust. Focusing on the exciting period of the 1940 – 1960s and the impact it had on the food consumption and diet of Black Country residents, the cookbook encourages people today to try locally-inspired and historical dishes. Recipes include cheese and broccoli bake, cottage pie and challah bread.

The schools have now qualified to compete for the Best in the World 2020 Award, along with winners from other countries in the same category. This year, a total of 225 countries participated in the competition, which honours the very best in the world of food and drink.

Craig Cooling, Principal at Ormiston North East Wolverhampton Academy, said: “This is a wonderful achievement for everyone involved in the project. We know just how dedicated our students have been developing this cookbook and we can all be very proud of their success.”

Jemima Waltho, Enrichment Manager at Ormiston Academies Trust, said: “We are delighted to see the schools win a Gourmand Award for their Bostin’ Fittle cookbook. This award recognises the hard work and creativity of all the students involved and is a great way to celebrate the achievements of everyone who was involved in the development and delivery of this fantastic project. We look forward to seeing the schools continue to engage with their local communities and enable students to broaden their horizons.”

Miss Gibson and Mrs Sarai are pictured with Rhiannon, Rhianna, Rohan, Sukhman, Jovanny, Reece and TJ. The photographer was Alex who was also involved in the project.

Picture of staff and students involved in award

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