Pupils put in plenty of pudding practice

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PUPILS made perfect puds when a top Peak District hotel threw open its doors for a special Christmas treat.

Youngsters from Grindleford Primary School were welcomed by the team of chefs at The Maynard in the village, for what has become an annual pudding making and tasting session.

About 30 children made the journey to the popular hotel and restaurant to prepare their puddings, with all age groups getting a turn.

The pupils were also set a challenge – to identify ingredients by taste, smell, colour and texture, teaching them in the process where the ingredients come from and why the best, freshest ingredients are needed to make the perfect Christmas pud.

Mark Vernon, head chef, said: “We’re all guilty of not knowing enough about where our food comes from, so we’re trying to educate the children about the food chain and how to make fantastic food by letting them ‘get their hands dirty’ and learn by experience.

“Too much food is processed now. We source locally where possible and think it’s important children know all food is not the same.”

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