Sammi Burden (17) with Edward Wright, Development Chef for Chartwells London. Sammi was the winner of a hamper in a Fairtrade 'cook off' competition.Students and chefs took part in a ‘cook off’ at Uxbridge College to promote the Fairtrade scheme which helps disadvantaged workers in developing countries get a better deal.The participants used Fairtrade ingredients including bananas, chocolate and sugar

fairtrade_cookoff_web2Sammi Burden (17) with Edward Wright, Development Chef for Chartwells London. Sammi was the winner of a hamper in a Fairtrade 'cook off' competition.Students and chefs took part in a ‘cook off’ at Uxbridge College to promote the Fairtrade scheme which helps disadvantaged workers in developing countries get a better deal.

The participants used Fairtrade ingredients including bananas, chocolate and sugar to make puddings, and the cook with the best results won a hamper of ethical products.  The winner, Sammi Burden (17), who is studying Travel & Tourism, was voted in by an audience using images of bananas and apples.

The cook-off with chefs from Chartwells, the College’s caterers, took place during national Fairtrade Fortnight, and was part of the College’s drive to gain accreditation to the scheme and become a Fairtrade College.  A number of events took place during the fortnight including a ‘find the banana’ competition with a Fairtrade prize, pancakes with Fairtrade fillings, and a Fairtrade chocolate fountain.

All the tea and coffee sold at Uxbridge College is produced and purchased under Fairtrade agreements, as are a wide range of other foods on offer to students, staff and visitors.  These include chocolate bars, bananas, sugar, and cakes.

Sara Djili, Vice Principal - Finance & Corporate Services at Uxbridge College, said: “We take our responsibilities to our community seriously both inside Uxbridge College and out, and working towards becoming a Fairtrade College is part of this.  By making small changes such as these we can support people on the other side of the world who may be disadvantaged or living in poverty – and have a lot of fun along the way.”

Azize Ludlow, Business Excellence Manager for Chartwells, said: “Our work with Uxbridge College to help them become a Fairtrade College is part of Chartwell’s national efforts to promote Fairtrade products and practices.  The competitions, promotions and activities during Fairtrade Fortnight have been a great success and helped raise awareness of the importance of this scheme.”

A Fairtrade College is one that has made a commitment to supporting Fairtrade under a scheme run by the independent non-profit organisation the Fairtrade Foundation.

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