Royal Air Force Wittering Chefs At Peterborough Food And Farming Day


Royal Air Force Wittering chefs educated hundreds of schoolchildren at Peterborough’s Food & Farming Day on Friday 30th June.

Food & Farming Day aims to teach children about food, where it comes from and the importance of agriculture and the countryside. The event, held at Peterborough Showground, is massive and has something for everyone; farm animals, falconry, heavy horse demonstrations and rare breeds.

A team of chefs from Cambridgeshire’s famous Royal Air Force Station showed the children a field kitchen and how to do decorative icing on shortbread, whilst officers from the careers branch gave an insight into the life in the RAF.

Children having a go at the reaction times test

Executive Chef, Flight Sergeant Dom Owen was in charge. He said: “Shortbread lets us teach children about flour, butter and sugar and how all these ingredients are farmed and produced. They were really good, I was surprised at just how much knowledge they had.”

Senior Aircraftman Kyle Zandbergen and Corporal Andy Hollingsworth at the field kitchen display

Icing is a skill which can take months and even years to perfect, but it didn’t stop the children from giving it their best shot. Corporal Andy Hollingsworth and Senior Aircraftman Kyle Zandbergen, both from the junior ranks mess, showed the many pupils how to use a piping bag and bring their designs to life.

Children from Wittering Primary School learn the art of icing

Education was the main purpose for the RAF team and careers officers brought along some pilot’s helmets, stickers and even a device to test reaction times. The flow of interested children was constant and, even at the end of the day, their enthusiasm showed no signs of waning.

One of their creations

Having practised hard at using a piping bag and icing shortbread, the children were allowed to eat their creations as a reward. You can learn more about Food & Farming Day here

Flight Sergeant Owen concluded: “It was a good day, fantastic. I was surprised to see how much even the younger kids knew about food and where it comes from. Just seeing the enjoyment on the kid’s faces doing the icing and then learning they could take their biscuits away and eat them was great.”

Editor: Ed Palmer

Photographer: Supplied Images

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