St. John’s Elementary students become chefs for a day

FiskesprellNorway is approximately 1080 kilometers away from Belgium, but on Wednesday, Norway was close to our hearts!

Twenty students from St. John’s Elementary School had the opportunity to participate in  “Project Fiskesprell“ a cooperation between the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services, the Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs and the Norwegian Seafood Council.    Set in the Belgium landmark of the Atomium,  on a beautiful spring afternoon, our 6 to 11 year old students donned their special “Fiskesprell “ apron and followed the guidance of  two star Chef Lionel Rigolet, the lead chef of three who greeted our students.

Our younger chefs learned how to cook with shrimp and cod and more importantly, experienced the artistic element to preparing meals. A visit by both the Norwegian Minister to the EU and the Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs added to the excitement – just in time to savor the delicious results!

Journalists and staff from the cooperative agencies interviewed and chatted with our students enjoying the delightful and positive attitude towards eating  seafood! Our multilingual students told of their ideas and opinions about cooking, in many languages – from Norwegian, German, French, Korean, Swedish and English – making a buzz of fun for all to hear.

So far, a total of 100,000 pupils in primary schools have participated in “Project Fiskesprell”. We were honored to be included in this special celebration of Norway’s natural resources. It is exactly how we love to learn – hands on –and then enjoying the results. We left with full bellies and happy memories! Tusen Takk!

By Johanna Bambridge, ES principal