NEW Government regulations on school dinners dictate that children can only eat sausages twice a month.
But a group of schoolchildren were so keen to keep bangers on their school menus they decided to take action and design their own healthy sausages.
Pupils from St Aidan’s school in Harrogate were so successful in their sausage making they were invited to this year’s show to have their efforts judged by some of the country’s top food critics, as part of the first Great Yorkshire Show Sausage Idol competition.
On the panel were Debbie and Andrew Keeble from the Debbie & Andrew sausage chain, Country Life journalist Jessica Fellowes and St Aidan’s chef Jamie Dilasser.
All judges praised the school’s endeavours to promote healthy eating and complimented the efforts of the pupils who gave up part of their summer holidays to design the sausages.
Mr Keeble said: “Judging them has been a tough job. The sausage has had a lot of bad press of late, this should go some way to promoting its healthy properties.”
All the sausages that the pupils produced contained less than 10 per cent fat, and were high in protein content.
The work was praised by their teacher, Jennifer Betteridge, who said: “We have been told that due to Government regulations we can only serve sausages twice a month. At St Aidan’s we are really passionate about food and healthy eating. Our chefs serve 1,850 meals on a daily basis and we have four restaurants in the school.
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