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A group of young people from North Tyneside are sourcing, preparing and cooking a Masterchef-style meal for local dignitaries, including Linda Arkley at The Rising Sun Country Farm, Wallsend.

A group of young people from North Tyneside are sourcing, preparing and cooking a Masterchef-style meal for local dignitaries, including Linda Arkley at The Rising Sun Country Farm, Wallsend.

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YOUNG people were given food for thought as they learned how to make a meal of produce they picked themselves.

The youngsters, from North Tyneside and south of the river, sourced, prepared and cooked a Masterchef-style meal for invited guests as part of the government’s National Citizen Service scheme.

The meal was part of a programme delivered by North Tyneside Voluntary Organisations Development Agency and YMCA North Tyneside.

On the first day, the youngsters were shown how food is grown at the Rising Sun Country Farm in Wallsend before harvesting their own seasonal fruit and vegetables.

The following day, they were split into teams to prepare, cook and serve a meal for guests including North Tyneside Primary Care Trust chairman Mary Coyle, North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon, borough mayor Linda Arkley and young mayor Rebecca Leighton, YMCA North Tyneside chief executive Dean Titterton and Lisa Gardiner, acting chief officer at the volunteers’ agency.

Robin Fry, the agency’s volunteer centre manager, said: “This is a great opportunity for the young people involved to learn how and where fresh food is grown, not to mention valuable cooking and presenting skills.”

The North and South Tyneside programme of events is one of only a dozen pilot schemes being run nationwide in the National Citizen Service’s inaugural year.