Students4Soup Challenge is a Hit!

In FOOD ISSUES, STUDENTS4SOUP

What an incredible day we had on December 5th at Georgian College. Eight high school teams from Simcoe County and Durham Region brought their “A game” to compete in the first ever Students4Soup Challenge organized by ei•ei•eat and supported by our partners, Georgian College, Canada Cutlery Inc., Nicholyn Farms and Simcoe Farm Fresh.

The Students4Soup Challenge was an exciting opportunity to work as a team and experience the thrill of competition by creating an original soup made of locally sourced ingredients. Competitors experienced working in a real food lab and being judged by Top Executive Chefs and a local food producer. Soups were scored on the use local ingredients related to taste, presentation and originality.

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2014 Students4Soup Challenge Winners! Beaverton HS

There are plenty of prizes up for grabs with the top three soups served in local area restaurants during the month of January 2015. The judges were blown away by the calibre of the cuisine and the professionalism of the competitors. Congrats to Brock High School, Stayner Collegiate and Nottawasaga Secondary School for being top three – way to go Sam, Alex and Ruth for their Top Honours win – that’s a free semester of tuition in the culinary program thanks to Georgian College. All three took a $600 knife set back to their schools, thanks to Canada Cutlery Inc.

Check out out the highlights on CTV Barrie.

Why engage teens in local food?

Teens are a powerful sector of our population with a huge influence on household food purchases. They are also developing eating patterns that may stay with them for a lifetime. The Students4Soup Challenge connects the students with their local food supply, provokes a conversation around the health and economic benefits of local food and provides exposure to potential career opportunities in the food industry.

We ran Students4Soup Challenge locally this year as a pilot and the response was incredible. Next year, ei•ei•eat will open the competition up to other communities across Canada so we can engage even more students, teachers, producers, and restaurants in the conversation about local food.

Want to bring Students4Soup Challenge to your community?

Contact us and we’d be happy to provide you with a full event kit – for free!

Full details about the Students4Challenge are available online at www.students4soup.ca. You can also follow the event on facebook and twitter@students4soup.

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