Students from Brookfield School in Southampton have been among the first to take part in the “Game Changer” initiative which aims to teach 60,000 students how to cook game by 2020.
The pupils were shown how to pluck and prepare a pheasant, as well as how to cook it, before enjoying pheasant tacos and fajitas.
Michelle Nudds, regional officer for BASC South East, was on hand to demonstrate the plucking of the birds, which were sourced locally and supplied by Blackmoor Game, Hampshire.
BASC’s Taste of Game and The Food Teachers Centre launched the initiative in June and it has already engaged with more than 200 schools.
Michelle Nudds said: “It was a great morning teaching the pupils all about pheasants and game and watching them take the oven ready birds and remove the breast meat to use in their tacos and fajitas and joint off the legs for a later lesson.”
“We’ve had such great support from Blackmoor Game and the local shoots to get this project up and running and I am sure it will go from strength to strength.”
Annette Woolcock from Taste of Game said: “The response we have had to the project so far has been incredible, both from the schools and the game dealers and shoots who have donated the pheasants.
“We have also received some excellent feedback from pupils and teachers who have found the demonstrations and the tasting sessions informative and enjoyable.”