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Cooking with cheese

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June 13, 2018

Benalla P-12 students Rylie Hawking and Kayne Clarke with their cheesy creation, a home made macaroni cheese.

Benalla P-12 College is whipping up a storm in the kitchen, thanks to the Great Ocean Road — Careers made here — Cheese Your Own Creation program.

The program involves students and teachers in a uniquely creative way.

In teams of two, students are required to design an imaginative dairy creation.

The student chefs then develop a recipe of their new creation, the recipe and photo is submitted to be judged.

Twelve lucky recipes will be selected for inclusion in the 2019 Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Calendar.

Cheese Your Own Creation involves hundreds of students and teachers from 50 schools across Australia.

It is offered as a curricular activity within the school’s food technology classes.

Great Ocean Road senior brand manager Briony Wringe said Cheese Your Own Creation made important links between the dairy industry, school and the local community.

‘‘We’re proud to support Cheese your own Creation, it’s a great opportunity for students to get creative while learning about the wide range of career opportunities in Australia’s vibrant dairy industry,’’ Ms Wringe said.

Students and teachers are provided with supporting resources and curriculum for the duration of the program.

Each school receives a $100 Coles gift voucher to purchase Great Ocean Road products and is provided with a copy of the 2018 Warrnambool Cheese & Butter calendar for creative inspiration.

‘‘Through the program students can gain an understanding of the dairy industry, the nutritional value of its products, and the importance of the industry to regional economies, all while having lots of fun in the kitchen,’’ Ms Wringe said.

‘‘I’m excited to see what the students create and to try my hand at some of their recipes.’’

And just in case the students haven’t exhausted all their creative juices in the kitchen, as a side competition to the program, they can also enter the Take a Journey Along the Great Ocean Road competition.

Students are required to design an advertisement using at least one Great Ocean Road product.

Not only will the winning advertisement receive $1000, but it will also be used as a promotion for Great Ocean Road products.

At the conclusion of the Cheese Your Own Creation program each student will be awarded a certificate in recognition of their hard work.

The 12 lucky winning creations will receive $250 for their school.

Results will be announced on October 19 with prizes presented to the winning schools and students.

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