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Pumpkin winners take tea at Aqua Shard

13th November, 2015.

AquaShard halloween competition

Twelve Magic Breakfast club pupils enjoyed a spectacular afternoon tea on the 31st floor of the tallest building in the EU as their prize for creating some truly scary Halloween pumpkin designs.

The restaurant Aqua at The Shard had set pupils at local school, Ben Jonson Primary, the task of designing a pumpkin to greet visitors at Halloween. Aqua's General Manager, Marketing Director and Assistant Marketing Manager then visited the school to select their top 12 designs from submissions by 50 students.

The children whose designs had been chosen were treated to fruit smoothie mocktails, tea sandwiches, cakes and a chocolate tower mimicking the glass shard silhouette of the building they were eating in. To quote the students, it was ‘The best day of {their} life’.

After tea, the team at Aqua announced the top three designs and revealed that the winning pumpkin would be displayed on their reception desk. The top three students were Rishat Islam, Anika Islam and Swara Baygem who were also awarded WHSmith vouchers.  Swara was the overall winner and her design was then expertly carved into a huge pumpkin by the kitchen team at Aqua.

Thank you to whole team at Aqua for hosting the pupils of Ben Jonson and to all the students who participated – you are all winners to us!

National School Meals Week celebration at Princess May Primary

Friday 6th November, 2015

Simon Gregory at Princess May Primary Princess May celebrate National School Meals Week

This week - National School Meals Week - is a celebration of the fabulous breakfasts and lunches school kitchen staff produce for pupils throughout the UK every school day.

As part of the week's celebrations, children and parents at Magic Breakfast partner school, Princess May Primary, were treated to a cookery demonstration by Simon Gregory, the Executive Chef at Ace Hotel London, of a quick, low-budget and healthy dish "Baked Eggs with Spice Aubergine & Yoghurt". The children loved it!

Here's the recipe, it serves 4 people:

1 large red onion, peeled

1 small aubergine, trimmed

1 large red pepper, halved, cored and deseeded

1 large courgette, trimmed

3–4 tbsp olive oil

sea salt and black pepper

2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped

1 chopped green chilli

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp sweet paprika

250g tinned organic chopped tomatoes

Half bunch of chopped coriander

250g full fat yoghurt

4 large eggs

Heat the oven to 200°C. Chop the onion, aubergine, peppers and courgette into 1cm cubes, keeping them separate. Put a large frying pan over a high heat and add the olive oil, onion, chilli and a little seasoning. Sauté for 2 minutes, then add the aubergines, peppers and garlic and fry for another minute. Tip in the courgettes and sauté for another minute or two.

Add the ground spices and chopped tomatoes. Bring to a simmer and cook for 8–10 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Divide the spiced vegetables between four individual shallow ovenproof dishes. Make an indentation in each portion with the back of a spoon, then crack an egg into each one.

Sprinkle the top of each egg with a pinch each of salt and pepper.

Stand the dishes on a large baking tray and bake for 10–12 minutes until the egg whites are set but the yolks are still runny in the middle. Serve immediately, with a spoon of yoghurt and chopped coriander. Enjoy!

Baked Egg at Princess May

St Chad's celebrate one year of Magic Breakfasts!

21st October, 2015

St Chad's Birmingham

On 21st October, 2015, it was one year since St Chad’s Catholic Primary School in Birmingham started their Magic Breakfast club and it has had such a huge impact on the school, they wanted to celebrate!

70 children, ages 4 to 11, arrived at school between 07:55 and 08:25 that morning for a healthy breakfast of cereal, bagels, porridge and fresh fruit juice, plus a treat of a celebratory 1st birthday banana cake made by the school cook. Four amazing parent volunteers helped the two school staff ensure that everything ran smoothly. After eating in the school hall, the children had the opportunity to read, draw and do puzzles, giving them a calm and sociable start to the day.

Josephine Azadeh, Child and Family Support worker at St Chad's, said: "We are delighted to be celebrating our first birthday today, it's been a wonderful 12 months! I can honestly say it's been the best thing to happen to St Chad's in a long time and a real success. That of course is firstly down to our brilliant children who come and enjoy their breakfast with us - over a third of the school attend each morning. Secondly, our marvellous staff, who are also parents who come out in all weathers to ensure that no child is going hungry! Thirdly to our staff (and sometimes governors) who take the time to sit with the children and chat - you won't believe how much the children value this time.  I couldn't begin to count how many bagels and boxes of cereal we've got through in our first year, but I can say with absolute certainty that Magic Breakfast has lived up to its slogan, and that the children at St Chad's get 'fuel for learning' - and long may it continue!!"

30% decrease in concentration for rugby players not eating breakfast

7th October, 2015.

Day 3 of ITV Good Morning Britain's Phones For Food Campaign focused on a research project, conducted by St Mary's University, Twickenham, which measured the effects on a group of rugby players from The John Roan School of not eating breakfast.

The boys were split into two groups - one group ate breakfast each morning before being measured doing various forms of strenuous exercise. Another group didn't have breakfast. After just four days of not eating breakfast, it was found that the boys experienced a 30% decrease in concentration levels. One boy said "I feel really exhausted, tired".  Paul Hough, from St Mary's University said that if the boys skipped breakfast over weeks and months it 'might have an effect on their long term ability to retain information and learn'.  A Level student, John Ashbourne, said that he would definitely be having breakfast from now on as it could mean the difference between a pass and a fail in his exams.

Reporting from The John Roan School, Dr Hilary Jones told Good Morning Britain viewers that World Health Organisation research had shown a link between neurological disorders - mood, anxiety, depression - and skipping breakfast. Powerful reasons for all of us to eat a healthy breakfast every day.

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