In the run up to Great British Game Week (25 November – 1 December), Taste of Game has spent three days in Birmingham delivering the Schools Game Changer project to more than 150 students across six schools.

Students enjoyed wild game butchery and cooking demonstrations, delivered by Taste of Game officer Matt Gisby. Each session culminated in the creation of a beautiful pheasant, apple and horseradish bruschetta dish.

The Schools Game Changer project aims to teach 60,000 students to cook game by 2020 in an aim to widen the appeal of sustainable wild game meat.

Matt Gisby said: “The Game Changer project gives an opportunity that these schools wouldn’t normally get. The positivity from the students and the teachers really showed the project’s value.

“With only two of the students ever having tried pheasant before, it was no surprise the groups were a bit apprehensive at the beginning of each session. However, by the end they had all butchered and cooked a pheasant and in doing so learnt that little bit more about the countryside, production and harvest of this wonderful seasonal food.”

Leanne Parker, teacher at James Brindley Academy, said: “This was an amazing opportunity for our pupils to experience, the session is something they would never have imagined they would be able to take part in.

“Thank you so much for your time as it was an invaluable experience.”

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