WAMCO storms schools in Ikeja with ‘art milk’
It was creativity galore when leading dairy brand, Peak Milk, a stable from Friesland Campina WAMCO Nigeria, took its ‘Art of Milk’ initiative to the next level by engaging some secondary schools in Ikeja and its environs, ahead of the World Milk Day coming up on June 1, 2016
When the brand team of premium milk comprising of Nollywood actress, Mrs. Sola Sobowale, Head chef/MD, We Are Food Limited, Mr. Adeniyi Williams, who are also members of the panel of judges visited Cayley College, Agidingbi and Wellsprings College, Omole Phase II, students of both schools showed amazing talents as they gave their presentations of prepared meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner, using milk as the main food item.
Speaking about the initiative, Sobowale said, “Over the years, we have been eating the same kind of food. Milk is one of the essential foods we need. It is not just for Quaker Oats, Pap or Cornflakes. We have a lot of things we can do with milk, and that is why I love the fact that Peak is making us use milk wisely.”
For Chef Williams, the ‘Art of Milk’ initiative is very close to his heart and he believes everyone should get involved. “There is so much fun in the kitchen. I believe if you let these kids start cooking at 10, 11 years; by the time they are 18 to 20, I do not see why they can’t be the best in Africa,” he said.
As a food enthusiast, Williams added that milk is important for all and sundry. “I still drink milk and I am 28. It is a good source of Vitamin D, phosphorus and calcium. Coming from the point of Western cooking, there are amazing things you can do with milk when cooking and baking – and that is what Peak is showing,” he added.
Mrs. Deborah Oladimeji, Food and Nutrition teacher, Wellsprings College noted that the competition has helped students and their teachers to try out unbelievable recipes. “We went through some recipes and tried to create our own, taking into cognisance the period of the meals,” she said.
Their presentation was Sweet potato pancake made with milk and beef kebabs (breakfast); chicken egusi soup with vegetable and milk semovita (lunch) and milk rice with crayfish and pepper for dinner.
For the organisers, the idea was to showcase ingenuity using milk in unconventional cooking practices. To enter the competition, schools in Lagos would enter in recipes using milk to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ten finalists will be chosen from which the winning school would emerge on June 1.
The grand prize is a branded LED screen, while the second and third prizes would be air-conditioning units for six and three classrooms respectively.
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