Guides cook up a storm for East Lothian foodbank

Three East Lothian Guide units went head to head in a Masterchef Challenge to support East Lothian food bank

Girlguiding
2 Jun 2017

The cook-off!

Guides across East Lothian were challenged to plan and cook a tasty and nutritious two course meal, using ingredients from East Lothian Foodbank’s list.

Their recipes will go on to be distributed by East Lothian Foodbank, along with essential supplies of food, to help more people enjoy nutritious and affordable meals.

'As well as having lots of fun it’s good to know that our recipes are going to help the foodbank. I think it’s really important everyone gets to enjoy healthy, tasty food and I hope anyone who makes our recipe enjoys it as much as we did.' - Louisa, 9th Musselburgh Guide Unit

The units with the top recipes were chosen to go head to head in a 'Masterchef' Challenge final at Preston Lodge High School, cooking delicious two course meals for judges, Denise King, Chief Executive of Girlguiding Scotland, Iain Gray MSP, and Anne Dyer, Chair of Trustees for the East Lothian Foodbank.

The results

1st place

  • 1st Aberlady Guides with Vegetable Stir Fry and Easy Apple Crumble

2nd place

  • 9th Musselburgh Guides with Leek and Potato Soup and Ham and Pesto Pasta

3rd place

  • 1st Belhaven Guides with Tomato and Pepper Pasta and Biscuit Crunch.

Louisa, aged 12 of the 9th Musselburgh Guide Unit, said: 'It was really fun taking part in the Masterchef Challenge. I’ve never cooked a two-course meal without help from my parents before, so it was really fun to be in the kitchen with my patrol, deciding what to make and chopping up all the ingredients. My favourite bit was when it all turned out just fine and we got to eat our meals!

'I’ve never cooked a two-course meal without help from my parents before, so it was really fun to be in the kitchen with my patrol' - Louisa, 9th Musselburgh Guide Unit

'As well as having lots of fun it’s good to know that our recipes are going to help the foodbank. I think it’s really important everyone gets to enjoy healthy, tasty food and I hope anyone who makes our recipe enjoys it as much as we did.'

Thoughts from Girlguiding represenitives

Anne Andrew, County Commissioner for Girlguiding East Lothian, added: 'We were proud to support and work in partnership with East Lothian Foodbank developing the Recipe Challenge. Guides across the County who took part have gained a greater understanding of the work of the Foodbank, while developing nutritious, tasty recipes based on a limited food list. The three finalist groups had a great fun taking part in this exciting cook-off. We’re already looking forward to our next Foodbank challenge!'

'We’re already looking forward to our next Foodbank challenge!' - Anne Andrew, County Commissioner for Girlguiding East Lothian

Denise King, Chief Executive of Girlguiding Scotland and one of the judges at the Masterchef Challenge final, said: 'I was really pleased to be one of the judges at the East Lothian Foodbank’s 'Masterchef' Challenge. All the finalists had worked hard to come up with innovative recipes using items from the Foodbank’s list.

'This is a brilliant example of how Girlguiding Scotland members are taking action and being a force for good in communities across the country– all while learning new skills and having loads of fun!' - Denise King, Chief Executive of Girlguiding Scotland.

For several of the girls this was their first experience making a nutritious meal from scratch without help from an adult and they demonstrated brilliant teamwork as they worked together to create delicious meals.

I want to say a big thank you to the girls for their hard work and to their Leaders who support them week in, week out, to try new things, gain new skills, grow in confidence and connect with their communities.

This is a brilliant example of how Girlguiding Scotland members are taking action and being a force for good in communities across the country– all while learning new skills and having loads of fun!'