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6 February 2020

Scottish primary schools - Create a healthy street food dish to eat for lunch

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The Braw Lunch-Brake Challenge is back for its fourth year! Primary schools from across Scotland are being challenged to create an innovative, healthy street food dish – using Scottish produce – that they would love to eat during their lunch break.

The 2020 Braw Lunch-Brake Challenge launched today (6 February) – it is open to primary 5, 6 and 7 pupils from across Scotland. On 4 June, finalists will pitch their street food ideas and marketing plans to a panel of judges at the City of Glasgow College, before going head to head in a final cook-off. The prize for the final winners is an all expenses paid trip to the Royal Highland Show for their entire class.

Participating in the challenge will allow pupils to gain an insight into where their food comes from and will encourage them to investigate the high quality local produce grown and reared in Scotland. This process will open their eyes to the different jobs and careers that the food and drink industry provides.

This challenge is a partnership between Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland, Brakes Scotland, ASSIST FM, Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET), Skills Development Scotland and Developing Young Workforce.

Chris Boyle, Head of Public Sector, Brakes Scotland, said:
“It's never been more important to educate children about making healthy food choices, so this challenge is a great session for a food lesson. Every year we are really impressed with the calibre of competition entries and believe the new street food theme adds a new dimension to the competition for both teachers and pupils alike. We hope that our challenge, in partnership with FDF Scotland, will ignite children's interest in researching where their food comes from as well as looking to the future around careers within food.”

Moira Stalker, Skills Manager, FDF Scotland, said:
“I am delighted to be running this challenge for the fourth year running! I am always inspired by the creative dishes the pupils come up with. I would encourage teachers to get your school involved in this exciting competition.”

Jayne Jones, National Chair, ASSIST FM, said:
“ASSIST FM are delighted to support the Braw Lunch-Brake Challenge, and are excited to see the creativity and skills that pupils from across Scotland will demonstrate. It's important for caterers across Scotland to engage with pupils, and this competition is a positive way of developing new menu ideas that come directly from our young people. I look forward to seeing the fantastic submissions this year.”

Katrina Barclay, Executive Officer, RHET, said:
“Creating a tasty dish poses a great opportunity for pupils to explore what is grown and produced in Scotland. RHET is delighted to be part of this growing competition and I look forward to seeing all the innovative submissions.”


  1. Initial dish ideas from each team/school need to be submitted by 8 May, with the final cook- off taking place on 4 June. More information »
  2. FDF Scotland is the voice of the Scottish food and drink manufacturing industry – Scotland's largest manufacturing sector.
  3. FDF Scotland's skills initiative - A Future in Food - is funded by the Scottish Government, through Scotland Food & Drink. It 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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