Pupils cook dish fit for a Queen

The Canongate PS class winners in the menu competition
The Canongate PS class winners in the menu competition

Pupils from Canongate Primary School, St Andrews, are gearing up for a day to remember next Wednesday to help kick-start the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Scotland.

The school was one of only four across the country to be selected to visit the Palace of Holyrood to meet the Duchess of Cornwall.

Schools were challenged by Love British Food - the one-stop-shop for consumers, retailers, caterers and schools wanting to enjoy the diverse and delicious food that Britain produces - to prepare menus Fit for the Queen and the St Andrews school along with others in East Lothian, Glasgow and The Shetlands were chosen.

The Fife youngsters will present the Duchess with canapes they created with the help of Craig Sneddon, head chef at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St Andrews - Trout Surprise, a mini horseradhish scone with smoked trout, dill and lemon creme fraiche, topped with an asparagus spear, and St Andrews Signature, a circular croute with mini fillet steak, topped with St Andrews cheddar rarebit and spring onions.

The pupils travelling to the capital are Lindsey Brown, Anna Davidson, Cameron Sneddon and Brodie Miller and they will be accompanied by Mrs Jill Fraser and award-winning freelance photographer Peter Adamson.


Headteacher at Canongate, Mrs Linda Birtwistle, said: ”The canapes were from a selection created by P6 and P7 classes assisted by Craig and were chosen as examples of good local produce. Each school will have 10 minutes with the Duchess to explain their menu.”

Over the recent Easter holiday break, all the Canongate pupils were given homework to create a dish Fit for the Queen.

To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, British Food Fortnight invited schools in the UK to create the special menu featuring recipes that celebrate the best of British to be served to The Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall at a reception at Buckingham Palace next month. The competition was the idea of The Duchess.

The class winners were - Nursery - Kyle Wilson; P1 - Charlotte and Paige Kaethler; P2 - Benji Lewis; P2/P3 - Pablo Gomez Martin; P3 - Alexandra McDonald; P4 - Chloe Martin; P5 - Cameron Dalrymple; P6 - Lynsey Brown; P7 - Nathanael Brown.

Will Docker and Roberta Drummond, The Balgove Larder, St Andrews, further selected from the P6 and P7 entries of canapes, a starter, main course and desert to complete a menu for the contest.

Mrs Birtwistle added: ”I was delighted with the number of entries we had for our school homework competition, particularly as it was over the Easter holidays. Pupils and parents put a tremendous amount of work into the entries.

“I would also like to thank Will Docker and Roberta Drummond, who judged our entries and to Craig Sneddon for his help in school preparing them.”