Creative children draw tasty dishes
MORE than 500 children have designed plates depicting their favourite meals in the hope they will be given pride of place in the new Whole Foods Market store set to open next month.
The new shop in Tewkesbury Road invited the county's school pupils to enter the competition to design a Great Gloucestershire Plate and 50 finalists were selected out of the hundreds of entries.
A panel of judges, including rugby star Phil Vickery and Echo editor Kevan Blackadder, were then set the tough task of picking 10 winners and 10 runners-up from the creative offerings on view.
The winning children will have their designs made into proper porcelain plates, which will be hung in the store by the time it opens on November 7.
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Phil jumped at the chance to get involved and said: "There's so much kids can learn from a task like this – it really brings out the joy that food can bring."
Fellow judge, food artist Pam Staite said: "The judging was really difficult because there were so many great entries."
Echo editor Kevan Blackadder agreed: "We've such a strong food culture in our county and these children have really captured the spirit beautifully."
Whole Foods Market's Mary Cunningham was delighted with the way the children really engaged with the competition.
"They have showed real creativity and connection with local food," she said.
Schools taking part were: Airthire, Charlton Kings Junior, Greatfield Primary, The Kings School, St Edwards Junior, Warden Hill Primary, The Richard Pate School, Holy Trinity Primary, and Gloucester Road Primary.