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Lunchtime? It's all Greek for local schoolchildren as students introduce national cuisines

Posted on 06/06/2013

This week, the International Kitchen Project team from Royal Holloway brought the food and culture of Greece and Poland to St Jude’s Junior School in Egham.

The group, together with the help of school teacher Debbie Doran, showed pupils how to make a range of national dishes, including Greek salad, Greek spanakopita, Greek kebabs and sweet Polish pancakes with cheese, fruits and chocolate. The year 5 pupils got to sample all of the dishes and were also introduced the language of both countries.

Coordinated by Community Action, the International Kitchen Project brings together volunteers from among Royal Holloway’s international student community to represent their own nationality and culture within local schools and youth centres.

The sessions are based around a national dish which is made onsite, alongside the language, music and culture of that particular country.

Led by European Studies and Spanish student Patrycja Skurzak, the team have successfully organised over 20 cooking sessions since November 2012, representing over 14 different countries, including Russia, China, Taiwan, Poland, France, Italy, Germany, Korea and the USA.


“The main aim of the project is to provide local school children and young people with the opportunity to experience exciting culinary activities, learn about the diversity and attractions of international cuisine and use their own initiative and creativity while preparing the food,” Patrycja said.

“It is also a great way for the young participants to discover new interesting facts about the culture of other countries, as well as enable international students to represent their nation and promote its qualities, within the community.”


The sessions will start again from September 2013. More information about how to get involved is available here.


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