State Government encourages food play

Queensland's best tuckshops have gone head-to-head competing for the hearts and stomachs of the state's students in the inaugural Queensland Tuckshop Sandwich Designer of the Year competition.

Seven state finalists competed at the masterclass final, with tuckshop convenor Cassandre Lynch of Coorparoo State School taking a tasty first place with her Rainbow Pork Roll.

Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the competition unleashed the creativity of tuckshops and had produced a platter of delicious, healthy lunches.

"The rules were simple - a wrap or sandwich with cold fillings, easy enough to put together in a busy tuckshop, that appeals to students and earns top marks for healthy, fresh ingredients," Mr Langbroek said.

"Tuckshops around the state invented a multitude of ways to encourage students to eat healthy foods such as lean meats, fruits, vegetables, and wholemeal breads.

"Having high-quality food and drink available at school tuckshops not only helps cut out the hassle of preparing lunch at home, but also helps students concentrate and learn well in class."

Visiting Upper Coomera State College today, Mr Langbroek sampled one of the winning sandwiches and congratulated the College's canteen convenor Leanne Hanley on her creation.

Her "Spanish Wrap" of ham, spinach, capsicum and grilled sweet potato was the South East regional winner and a state finalist in the sandwich competition.

Mr Langbroek also thanked the college's canteen workers and encouraged all schools to take the time to thank their hard-working convenors and volunteers.

"Queensland holds a special Tuckshop Day on the first Friday of November every year, and it's a great opportunity to give some recognition to the people who keep tuckshops running across the state," he said.

"The time and effort tuckshop volunteers around Queensland put into making healthy meals means parents can be assured their children are eating the same high standard of food they'd serve at home."

State finalists in the Department of Education, Training and Employment competition received a certificate and kitchen gift basket, with the winner picking up a trophy and $250 towards tuckshop appliances and supplies.

For a full list of winners and their recipes, go to the Smart Choices website.

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