Chef’s courgette cake on national stage

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A primary school catering manager battled it out in the final of a prestigious national baking competition.

Steve Reed, from Carradale primary school, remade his courgette cake at the Unilever Food’s Big School Bake Off event in Glasgow last Thursday.

Mr Reed is one of 1,600 people who made it to the final of the competition open to school catering staff across Scotland.

The Carradale pupils grew the courgettes from seeds as part of a school project which explored learning and play through nature.

Steve said: ‘The children didn’t know what to do with the courgettes they had grown so I suggested making the cake.’

Argyll and Bute council’s policy lead for corporate services, Councillor Rory Colville said: ‘Well done Steve. This is a great achievement and I’m sure that the pupils of Carradale will be delighted.

‘We want the best start for our young people and by using vegetables that have been home-grown by the pupils, it is a great way of teaching the children about the whole field to fork process and will perhaps encourage them to make healthier choices.’