IT SOUNDS like a plucking good day out. Game supplier Braehead Foods has launched a recruitment drive with a difference - teaching children how game makes it from the countryside to the plate in a bid to raise interest in the food industry.
The youngsters, chosen from schools in Glasgow, are to visit the company's factory in Kilmarnock to learn the basics of plucking and hanging game birds such as pheasants and partridge.
Alistair McLean, technical manager at Braehead Foods, will be giving talks and practical demonstrations to the youngsters to lead them through the process, from a bird arriving at the factory right through to the finished product. He says: "I believe everyone with an interest in food should try to learn as much as possible about its background in order to make informed choices. It's also important to spend time encouraging the next generation to have a sense of pride in Scottish produce."
The 5 million turnover company, which supplies game and speciality produce to delicatessens, pubs and restaurants across the UK, is in the process of building a 30,000sq ft factory with demonstration kitchens for the industry and a cookery school for schoolchildren and the public.
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