Moonah Primary in Hobart’s northern suburbs is a special school. And in our opinion, if you are a student there you are a lucky student. Moonah Primary is one of only a handful of primary schools from all around Australia to have been granted funding by the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. The program allows schools to install and maintain a large vegetable garden and an operating kitchen – big enough for a whole class of kids to grow, harvest, cook and share healthy and nourishing food.
- Iain and Chloe recently spent the day with six of the best young cooks at Moonah preparing a four course meal for 50 teachers, parents and friends of the school before returning in the evening to serve it all to great success! As well as the six young chefs learning some kitchen skills and techniques from Iain, the event raised some money to help keep the garden running smoothly. There were other classmates on hand to serve the food to the hungry guests on the night and the whole team did a wonderful job under Chloe’s watchful eye and service ran like a professional team!
As a testament to the tuition these kids have received once a week from grade three upward, the year five and sixes who worked in the kitchen were outstanding. Cool heads, skillful hands and the ability to keep the kitchen spotlessly clean between jobs was incredibly impressive, they worked like some of the better apprentices we have seen over the years in hospitality.
- Here’s what the team prepared:
- spelt sourdough + hand made butter
raw flathead + cucumber and yuzu
chorizo and queso blanco ravioli + champagne butter and flowers from the garden
wood roasted lamb shoulder + onions, carrots and beetroot
sheep’s milk panacotta + rhubarb compote and crumble
All with sponsorship from Ethos and our very generous suppliers.
Hopefully the program yields some fantastic apprentices in a few years time, but if it doesn’t, at the very least provides some of these kids the only healthy meal they eat all week and empowers them with skills and knowledge to feed themselves and their own families in the future. We would like to thank Moonah’s principal Angela Aiezitis for allowing us the opportunity to get involved and see the Kitchen Garden program in action.
We have been humbled and inspired by the staff and students of Moonah Primary and urge all of our readers to get behind community gardens of any kind, it is important for Australia’s future.