Taking a bite out of competition

Laura Denning, from Dicksons, with winning students Rachael and Amy, from Marden Bridge Middle School, and Graham Landells from Dicksons.  On the back row in the middle is Emma Brown, Food and technology teacher at Marden Bridge Middle School. Picture Ian McClelland.
Laura Denning, from Dicksons, with winning students Rachael and Amy, from Marden Bridge Middle School, and Graham Landells from Dicksons. On the back row in the middle is Emma Brown, Food and technology teacher at Marden Bridge Middle School. Picture Ian McClelland.
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Pupils have been feeding their creative juices after taking a bite out of a competition.

More than 100 Year 8 students at Marden Bridge Middle School took part in a festive-themed competition to find a new Christmas sandwich for Whitley Bay.

As part of their food technology, they created more than 50 entrants to the competition organised with Dicksons, creating eight finalists – all with a distinctly festive theme.

A panel of judges selected the Rap Up Warm Festwich, created by Rachael Stephenson and Amy Bell.

Featuring coronation chicken, pork and turkey, it will go on sale at Dicksons Whitley Bay shop throughout December.

Emma Brown, head of food technology at Marden Bridge Middle School, said: “The Rap Up Warm Festwich was an incredibly deserving winner and was a popular sandwich with our judges. Congratulations go to Rachael and Amy.”

“We are now looking forward to trying the sandwich when it is available for sale in the run up to Christmas.”

She added: “This project has been a great way to introduce our students to the world of food manufacturing in a fun and engaging way.

“From the design and marketing of a popular food product, to the nutritional balance and ingredients needed to create a sandwich with real appeal for Dicksons customers, both staff and students have enjoyed the chance to develop – and taste – an array of colourful sandwiches.”

“We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Dicksons to deliver such a fun and engaging project for our students. We always try to bring practical learning into our curriculum to balance theoretical work and in this case, students have really enjoyed creating something which will be sold in a real shop.”

Michael Dickson, MD of Dicksons, said: “As a family business, we are always looking at ways to engage with our local community.

“Tastes and flavours are always changing and nowhere is the mix of ingredients quite as creative and interesting as they are amongst young people – it certainly makes for an interesting tasting session.

“We were so pleased with the enthusiasm of students at Marden Bridge and were able to see for ourselves the level of research and detail which went into creating the final sandwiches.

“Amy and Rachael were very worthy winners and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all students for their hard work.

“We look forward to seeing the Rap Up Warm Festwich take pride of place at our Whitley Bay shop to delight Dicksons customers with the inspiring flavour combinations from the young people of Marden Bridge Middle School.”