Local schools win cookbook award

  6 December, 2019

Students and staff from Ormiston NEW Academy, with their award-winning "Bostin' Fittle" cookbook

Two local schools have won a prestigious international cookbook award for a recipe book celebrating the history of food and community in the Black Country.

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy (OSCA) and Ormiston North East Wolverhampton Academy’s book, Bostin’ Fittle, scooped a Gourmand World Cookbook Award in the local category. The book was launched earlier this year at an event at the Black Country Living Museum and was developed by 50 students aged 11–16 from both schools, as well as their teachers and principals, visiting experts and project partners, and the enrichment team at Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT).

Students from both academies at the Bostin’ Fittle launch event

The cookbook was created through the larger youth led Bostin’ Fittle project, which was made possible through OAT’s partnership with the Black Country Living Museum and the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Ormiston Trust. Focusing on the exciting period from the 1940s to 1960s and the impact it had on the food consumption and diet of Black Country residents, the cookbook encourages people today to try locally-inspired and historical dishes. Recipes include cheese and broccoli bake, cottage pie and challah bread.

The schools have now qualified to compete for the Best in the World 2020 Award, along with winners from other countries in the same category. This year, a total of 225 countries participated in the competition, which honours the very best in the world of food and drink.

Jemima Waltho, Enrichment Manager at Ormiston Academies Trust, said:

“We are delighted to see the schools win a Gourmand Award for their Bostin’ Fittle cookbook. This award recognises the hard work and creativity of all the students involved and is a great way to celebrate the achievements of everyone who was involved in the development and delivery of this fantastic project. We look forward to seeing the schools continue to engage with their local communities and enable students to broaden their horizons.”

Bostin’ Fittle!

Marie McMahon, Principal at Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy, said:

“We are incredibly proud of our students for their dedication to the Bostin’ Fittle project, which has seen them develop journalistic, historical and research knowledge and skills. We are thrilled that their work has been celebrated through this very special award.”

Craig Cooling, Principal at Ormiston North East Wolverhampton Academy, said:

“This is a wonderful achievement for everyone involved in the project. We know just how dedicated our students have been to developing this cookbook and we can all be very proud of their success.”

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