CHILDREN across West Sussex are being offered the change to design a new school dinner as part of a Sussex Day-inspired competition.
The contest is looking for pupils to create a lunchtime dish, with the winning meal being offered in primary schools next year.
It was launched as part of this year’s Sussex Day festival, held on Saturday (June 16), which encourages people to celebrate the county’s heritage.
The competition is being run by West Sussex County Council with its catering company Chartwells.
Tracie Taylor, from Chartwells, said: “This competition is an excellent way of showing children what goes into healthy balanced meals.
“The dishes must contain all of the food groups from our Eat Well Plate – including protein, carbohydrate, fruit and vegetables as well as milk and dairy.
“The meals can only contain small amounts of fat and sugar and have no fried ingredients.”
There are two categories for school pupils to enter – one for five to seven year olds and another for children aged between eight and 11.
They have to design and cook the dish, take a photograph and think of a name before sending off an entry form.
The winners will have their meals reproduced by professional chefs and be offered on the lunchtime menu next year.
They will also get a family day out at the Weald and Downland Museum and an iPod shuffle.
Peter Griffiths, member for education and schools, said: “This is a great chance for our schools to celebrate Sussex Day and all that is wonderful about our county.
“This competition allows young people to be creative with some of the excellent food from West Sussex and I’m looking forward to seeing the winning dish.”
The closing date for entries is Friday, August 26.
To find out more about the competition, go to: www.westsussex.gov.uk/sussexday.
Alternatively, to download an entry form, visit: www.mealselector.co.uk.