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And the winners are…

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

The UK’s most inspiring food technology teachers receive their awards

demoOur Inspire! Competition finalists attended an awards ceremony at Kensington Roof Gardens on Friday 25 June where, not only were they presented with their trophies but they were also treated to an Interactive baking demonstration by celebrity baker, Paul Hollywood. One lucky student, who came as his teacher’s guest, got the chance to participate!

Our six teachers waited nervously to find out whether they had won the winner’s prize of £1500 on top of their £300 finalists award. Only one could receive the grand prize… and we are delighted to announce that Simon Ferguson from Hitchin Girls School was the lucky winner.

Simon has only been teaching food technology for one year, but he wowed the Grain Chain judges with his “floury fairground” lesson plan which bought together flour, food and all the fun of the fairground.

Inspire! competition winners at Kensington Roof Gardens. Overall      winner, Simon Ferguson from Hitchin Girls School with celebrity  baker,     Paul Hollywood 25.6.10Students were invited to jump on the “teacup ride” to investigate different breakfasts, and to test themselves on the “white water raft”, where they experimented with gluten. The “dodgems” activity challenged students to drive forward a healthy flour based snack for a child. The scheme ended with the “waltzer” activity which saw students evaluate their work. If you would like to see Simon’s entry, plus the exciting and inspiring lesson plans from our other finalists, we will be uploading them onto soon. Alternatively, if you have any useful tips or ideas that other teachers could benefit from, then please send them across to the Grain Chain team at

Summer holidays are coming up…

We reckon you’ll want to put your feet up for the first few weeks of the summer holiday so we’re taking a break from blogging throughout July. However, if you are really keen then don’t forget that you can still follow us through Twitter at or on Facebook at!/pages/Grain-Chain/111828768858694. Our blogs will be back at the start of August to help you get underway with lesson planning for your new class.