Athlete ambassadors partake in meat cookery classes

Quality Meat Scotland and Winning Scotland Foundation’s Champions in Schools have recently organised a cookery master-class for its athlete ambassadors.

The classes took place in Glasgow and were aimed to educate athletes on how to prepare healthy, nutritionally balanced meals including beef, lamb and pork.

The master-class included thirteen athletes and Champions in Schools ambassadors including Charline Joiner, Fiona Duncan, Holly Cram, Euan Burton and Sarah Clark.

Led by chef Trevor McGuinness, the athletes were taught both theory and practical tips which they will take with them when they visit one of 500 schools involved in the programme.

2010 Commonwealth Games sprint cycling silver medallist and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games hopeful Charline Joiner commented: “As an athlete, to perform to my best I know how important it is to follow a healthy, nutritionally balanced diet. This can include incorporating a portion of lean red meat, like Scotch Beef or Scotch Lamb to gain vital protein and iron.

“However, I am the first to admit my culinary skills aren’t always up to scratch! The cookery master-class with Trevor was the ideal opportunity for me to both glean handy tips about how to easily and properly prepare lean cuts of red meat and to gain the confidence to pass on the theory and practical knowledge to pupils within the Champions in Schools programme.”

The athletes will encourage pupils to eat healthy and exercise regularly, through highly interactive classroom sessions.

Health and education co-ordinator at Quality Meat Scotland Jennifer Robertson added: “It is to be hoped that the opportunity to gain invaluable culinary skills in the kitchen, including an appreciation of both the nutritional value and ease with which cuts of lean red meat can be prepared, will see more of Scotland’s top sportsmen and women within Champions in Schools keen to temporarily swap their running spikes, hockey sticks and bikes for aprons!”