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School children treated to sneak preview of P&O Ferries' new kids menu

Nineteen lucky children from Temple Ewell Church of England Primary School had a sneak preview of P&O Ferries' new summer kids menu at a specially organised food tasting this week (Wednesday 19th April).

The pupils, aged between seven and 11 years old, are all members of an after-school Masterchef group which teaches them how to cook. The team at P&O Ferries was keen to hear their views on new dishes including kids' chicken curry, alphabet bites, fish fingers and tomato pasta melt.

What they said will help the Dover-based ferry company fine tune the children's menu in advance of its launch on their English Channel ships next month.

The food was cooked by Mac Mackay, a chef on the Pride of Canterbury, a former policeman who was worked at P&O Ferries for 17 years. He said: "It was a pleasure to cook for a group who already have a keen interest in food and they gave us some very interesting feedback on what tasted good and what we might be able to make taste even better."

"The children awarded top marks to the chicken bites and alphabites. But unfortunately two of the healthiest options - the vegetable fingers and oven-cooked fish fingers - weren't quite as popular."

"I was happy to answer their questions afterwards and explained that I am part of a team of nine people on board who sometimes cook for 2,000 people in an hour and a half."

All the pupils who attended the tasting at the company's HQ at Channel House, Dover, were presented with a P&O Ferries' children's pack, a pen and sweets.

Nicola Church, School Business Manager at Temple Ewell, said: "The children had a great time. They learned a lot and especially enjoyed questioning the chef."

P&O Ferries' wider stakeholder programme offers visits to schools, colleges and businesses within the local community.  This is a totally free initiative.  The visit is tailored to school requirements and their current projects.  It can be a talk, with learning materials and other artefacts, judging a competition or providing an insight into the world of ferries and logistics.

Posted on 20/04/2017