The headteacher of a borough school temporarily took over the kitchen last week to help prepare the school lunches.
Jonathon Morris took over the cooking duties at Marden High School in Cullercoats as part of a school take over event.
Mr Morris and four of his teachers took on the task last week as they attempted to rustle up their ‘signature’ dish of the day for hungry students.
Every day a teacher, supported by four students, prepared and served their tasty two-course meal in the dining hall under the watchful eye of the school’s catering manager Ross Bowie.
All the meals were tasted and scored by a panel of 15 judges each day. The winning dish will be included on the school’s new menu in September.
Mr Morris said: “It’s a very novel and enjoyable way of conveying to students the great advantages of caring about the food that we eat.
“It’s not just about healthy eating, but also about the social benefits of cooking and eating together.”