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The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London

London’s College for Skills

An event called ‘On your marks, get set, cook!’ was staged at The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London’s Enfield Centre yesterday, encouraging students to think more about healthy living and the importance of eating a balanced diet.

Two teams of students and staff battled it out in the kitchen to show off their culinary prowess.

After finding out the ingredients, each team had just 15 minutes to cook up and serve their masterpiece.  The audience in the Refectory then had the casting vote and some people were selected to try the meals.

The ‘Green Team’ consisting of Brenda Brown (Admissions), Kozeta Noti (Hair and Beauty) and Simon Trafankowski (Teacher Training) dazzled the crowd with their dish of rice, new potatoes, turmeric, cumin, chickpeas, tomatoes and spinach.

Simon, who has a strong interest in cooking, said he enjoyed taking part in the competition.

“It’s all about presentation.  It helps when people like the look of what they’re eating,” he said.

Yass Duale (Enrichment Programme), Darina Mirgova (Travel and Tourism) and Keisha Byfield (Travel and Tourism) from the ‘Red Team’ were a close second.  Their dish included chicken, pasta, tomatoes, spring onions and peas.

Chartwells, who work with over 2,000 education institutions, helped run the event as part of their ‘Eat, Learn, Live’ ethos which helps educate young people.

Darren Tinkler, Chartwells’ Putting Fun Back Into Food Manager, played host and said he was really pleased with the response from the crowd.

“It’s easy for us all to forget how to eat healthily and what a balanced meal looks like, but today’s competition has proven how easy it is to whip up a quick meal that’s good for you too.  I hope the competition will inspire the students to think about how they could live a healthier lifestyle,” he said.

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