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The Young Chef Award, Dubai – Six budding chefs from Hartland International worked with Jamie’s Italian Chefs and cooked their meals with parents and spectators in attendance. The competition was broadcast live on Virgin Radio and the two winners both got their meals on the Jamie’s Italian Weekend Menu.

One of Dubai’s most exciting new schools, Hartland International School, has cemented a partnership with one of Dubai’s most popular, family-orientated restaurants, Jamie’s Italian, Jumierah Beach Hotel.

The Hartland Way emphasises and rests on five pillars of wisdom – Academic; Artistic and Creative; Sporting and Health; Leadership and Service. Hartland’s mantra ‘more than an education’ emphasises that school is a preparation for life. Within the Hartland Way rests a passion to raise awareness about cooking, as an important life-skill and to encourage young children and parents to value meal times as an important social activity. This partnership promises to deliver this mantra and enrich the school curriculum and wider school community.

Jamie’s Italian, as an established brand, recognised as the “Family Restaurant of the Year” by Time Out Dubai and a promoter of the Food Revolution Day, aims to create a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity.

Commenting on the collaboration, Founding Principal, Dr. Paul Silverwood stated, “We’re delighted to be working with such a strong brand whose ethos is built around inspiring children and adults to enjoy cooking and the social aspect of eating. At Hartland, we want all of our children to value meal times, as opportunities to build relationships with new friends, as part of a healthy community and the importance of freshly cooked food.”

To kick off their collaboration, on 13th of May, Hartland and Jamie’s Italian organised the ‘Young Chef Award’ Competition, which invited children to participate in a kitchen cook-off to re-create a wholesome meal using fresh ingredients and creative cooking. Six budding chefs worked with Jamie’s Italian Chefs and cooked their meals with parents and spectators in attendance. The competition was broadcast live on Virgin Radio and the two winners both got their meals on the Jamie’s Italian Weekend Menu.

Speaking about the competition, Jamie’s Italian Assistant Manager, Luis Campos said, “The Young Chef Award was a real opportunity for budding chefs to show us their culinary skills. We love giving young ones the opportunity to learn about food and to challenge themselves in the kitchen by promoting the art of cooking! The two winners were fantastic and deserved their prizes; however, everyone was a winner on the day as all of the participants really worked hard to show off their cooking skills.”

The collaboration between Jamie’s Italian and Hartland International School will expand within the curriculum when the school opens in September, 2015 for children from Foundation Stage 1 to Year 6. Further details about the competition can be found at http://www.hartlandinternational.com .

 - Hartland International School