8th November 2010

Steak Pie named Scotland’s Favourite School Meal

Steak Pie was today announced as Scotland’s favourite school meal, topping a poll of secondary students.

Glen, star of the iconic Scotch Beef adverts, announced the result this morning at Queen Anne High School, Dunfermline, with steak pie coming first in an online vote against eight other popular meals.

The announcement was made at the launch of Scottish School Meals Week, which runs from today till Friday 12th November in schools around Scotland.

Laurent Vernet, Marketing Manager for QMS said: “With the huge variety of options available to students these days it is great news that traditional dishes such as steak pie are still the favourites.

“Scotland produces some of the best beef in the world, and making sure items like this remain on school menus and presenting them in a healthy, balanced way is one of the best ways we can show students the quality of their our country’s produce.”

School Meals Week, created by ASSIST the facilities management representation body for all 32 Scottish local authorities, will see more than 250 schools promoting the quality, healthy food that is on offer across the Scotland’s secondary schools as well as the social interaction that comes with eating in a school dining area.

Adam Ingram, Minister for Children and Early years said: “‘This is an example of how innovation and partnership working can help to ensure that more children and young people develop an understanding of the important relationship between diet and health and well-being.

“I am pleased that efforts are being taken to improve school meals uptake in a fun, inclusive way and one which highlights that school meal providers can work within the Scottish Government nutritional guidance to provide healthy food that pupils want to eat.”

Ken Campbell, Chair of ASSIST said: “It is really important that we promote all the positive aspects of our school meals service. Every one of our member councils offers great value tasty food that is healthy and nutritious.

“We support the aims of the Health Promotion and Nutrition Act and we are determined to promote the benefits to all our customers. Scottish School Meals Week is all about coming together and having a good time in the school-dining hall. The Get Together logo sums it up perfectly. Get together with your friends and enjoy great food!”

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