Bento challenge tantalises taste buds

Bento box winners (back from left) Noah Walton, Eli York, Sofia Pezzetta, Nate Flower, Declan Barbaro (front) Lillian Foster, Katie Scalia, Elizabeth Duke and Rhys McNeil

​STUDENTS at Queen of Apostles School, Stafford, finished the end of Term 2 with a competition to tantalise the taste buds.

The students were asked to design a Japanese style Bento box that promoted health eating at the school.

Winners Noah Walton, Eli York, Sofia Pezzetta, Nate Flower, Declan Barbaro, Lillian Foster, Katie Scalia, Elizabeth Duke, Rhys McNeil and Abbey Simpson said they enjoyed sharing their Bento making experiences with the rest of the school.

A traditional Bento box is a single-portion take-out or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine.

It usually holds rice or noodles, fish or meat, with pickled and cooked vegetables, in a box.

The winners all agreed that, while it was great fun designing and making their Bento boxes, it also involved a lot of hard work.

The competition not only aimed to promote healthy eating, but also learning about Japanese culture and promoted learning another language.

Elizabeth said she was grateful that her Panda inspired Bento entry had won a prize.

“I like my Bento, because it is cute, and I love Pandas.” Elizabeth said.

Fellow winner Declan said he was amazed to find out how much time Japanese mothers spent making Bento boxes? 

“When I was making my Bento, I felt happy, because I was super impressed that I could make something,” he said.

“I had no idea how mothers in Japan could do this every day?” Declan said.

Sofi found the Bento making was fun and challenging.

“What I have learnt from making my Bento box is that you have to be very careful when making it.

“And I had lots of fun making my Bento box.

“It was very challenging making my Bento box.

“It was also hard to think of what I could do.

“This experience was really fun,” she said.

Katie, said the competition taught her that if you want something to happen and look good, you had to put time and effort into it.

“When I won, I felt like I could explode.

“I was very happy that I couldn’t stop jumping.

“I am very proud of my effort,” she said.

Each of the winners received a Certificate of Merit and a Bento character template for them to continue with the Bento making fun.

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