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Schools face huge task over cooking

Grace Dent (DebateNI, May 6) points out all the idiocies that have turned TV cookery into a spectator sport and outlines the attempts in schools to provide pupils with a basic life-skill.

When Home Economics was replaced by Food Technology, the process began of normalising quick-fix ready-meals.

It has long been said that the big food manufacturing companies exerted influence when the National Curriculum was devised. These firms must also be pleased at the 'picture-on-a-plate' dishes produced by perfectionists on Masterchef, knowing how unrealistic such cooking is.

Jamie Oliver faces a massive challenge in encouraging generations raised on processed foods to start cooking from scratch.

S LAWTON

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