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16 January 2020

Scottish secondary schools - Create a new street food dish

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Tilda and Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland are challenging Scottish secondary schools to create a new street food dish - using any one of Tilda's Wholegrain rice range - that appeals to their chosen target market.

Through the Tilda Together Street Food Challenge, S1 and S2 pupils from across Scotland will work in small teams to create a new dish – taking inspiration from today's food trends that influence the way we eat. This includes street food, small plates and plant-based cuisine.

As well as creating their dish, the teams will cost their products, and design a marketing plan to promote their dishes. As Tilda's Wholegrain rice range supports Mary's Meals, pupils will also come up with ideas to raise additional funds for Mary's Meals.

The prize for the winning team is £200, there are a variety of gift vouchers for the runners up and winning recipes will be featured on the Tilda website.

As part of the challenge the students will learn about different cultures and cuisines from around the world; and the importance of a healthy balanced diet. They will gain an insight into where food ingredients come from, including the journey that rice makes and the role of local producers and farmers. They will also learn about the people involved in processing this important staple product and the opportunities a career in the food industry can provide.

Talking about the competition, Annette Coggins, Head of Foodservice, Tilda UK, said:
“We know just how important it is to educate pupils from a young age about different cultures and cuisines across the world. The arrival of our Tilda Together Street Food Challenge provides a hand-on way for pupils to really think about the latest global flavours that are sweeping the nation. We are thrilled to be partnering with the Food and Drink Federation, giving pupils across Scotland the chance to grab this fantastic prize and are excited to see the new dishes they will create!”

Moira Stalker, Skills Manager, FDF Scotland, said:
“I am delighted to launch this exciting challenge with Tilda. I hope the pupils enjoy creating their new dishes and designing a marketing plan. I am looking forward to seeing what they come up with! This challenge will give young people across Scotland a real insight into the many careers food and drink has to offer from new product development and nutrition through to marketing and design.”

Note to Editors:

  1. More information about the challenge can be found on FDF Scotland's website, alongside the application form. Schools should submit initial ideas using the form to by 21 February 2020.
  2. A team of judges will shortlist finalists and schools will be informed if they are a finalist by 28 February 2020. Shortlisted teams will be visited during the week commencing 16 March 2020.
  3. The whole food and drink industry from agriculture, fishing, aquaculture through to manufacturing makes a significant contribution to the economy, with an annual turnover of around £15bn and employing 122,000 people.
  4. Recommended by the School Food standards, Tilda's Brown & White combines a 50:50 mix of wholegrain and white rice, bringing together the health benefits of wholegrain with the taste, ease of cooking and popularity of white rice.
  5. FDF Scotland is the voice of the Scottish food and drink manufacturing industry – Scotland's largest manufacturing sector.
  6. FDF Scotland's skills initiative - A Future in Food, funded by the Scottish Government makes educators, students and parents aware of the wide variety of careers food and drink has to offer, the skills required by employers and the routes to access them.

More Information

Contact Kirsty Ritchie, Food and Drink Federation Scotland, at:, or 0131 222 8040.

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