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Carr's Glen ps Jubilee
Image caption Pupils getting into the Jubilee spirit

A mini Ulster fry, Irish stew fritters and smoked salmon served with brie from Fivemiletown.

Not the menu at one of Ireland's Michelin star restaurants, but the entry from a north Belfast primary school in a competition to cook for the Queen.

Carr's Glen Primary School is down to the last 16 and is the only one from Northern Ireland.

The competition drew entries from over 200 schools throughout the UK.

If successful, the pupils from Carr's Glen will get the chance to prepare their menu for the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

They will even get to work with some her most talented chefs.

It has not been all about the cooking as teacher, Tony Young explained: "We took it over a three month period and turned it into a topic that was curriculum based.

"Originally we were supposed to learn about Queen Victoria, but the way the competition led us we were able to learn about royal traditions and past Jubilee celebrations," said Tony.

Learning the history of the monarchy is not the only benefit to entering the British Food Fortnight competition.

"It meant that we were able to teach the kids a lot about food hygiene and food safety," said Mr Young.

"We also had the use of an allotment, so we went over and some of the pupils actually made a video about the advantages of growing your own vegetables."

Starting with 40 recipes from the pupils, Mr Young and the school chefs whittled them down to create eight dishes for the Queen's menu.

Pupils, parents and teachers associated with Carr's Glen Primary School have been working hard to refine their menu as much as possible.

Flute band

Mr Young said the Jubilee celebrations had brought the whole community together, but said that school staff particularly enjoyed the series of tasting evenings.

"We had a big Jubilee party. The children flash mobbed the parents. We served the menu and the deputy lord mayor came along," he added.

Image caption Eight dishes make up the royal menu

"They brought in extra staff up in the kitchen. All the things we proposed for the Queen we actually ate. The food was really nice."

A flute band from Belfast Boy's Model secondary school provided the music for the evening.

It is not the only national competition the talented pupils from Carr's Glen have had success in.

"They've just won third prize in another national competition on the Olympics. For that we had to design a plate, and we won £4,500 from Fairy Liquid," he said.

If they win the chance to cook for the Queen, the school will use the prize money from the earlier competition to fund the trip.

Mr Young said that if they do not make it to Buckingham Palace he is more than happy with the efforts of everyone involved.

"Regardless of how they go in the competition the children have shown us that they are winners in the way that they approached this task and the effort that they put.

"Certainly the excitement they have generated in the school is fabulous," said Mr Young.

The pupils will discover next week if they will be one of the four lucky schools going to Buckingham palace to cook for the Queen.

A selection of dishes from some of the other entrants:

Harry's Hungry Hunt - wood pigeon skewers served with spiced beetroot and pomegranate molasses chutney - Eastington Primary School, Gloucestershire.

Ma'amite Delights - special edition marmite and cheddar cheese scones served warm and buttered - Long Hill school, Essex.

Queen of Hearts Apple & Wine soaked Sultana Pies - Highfield School (Special Needs), West Yorkshire.

Dainty Elizabeth -A sage & onion scone base nesting a beautiful bird with a fanned turkey meat tail, a halved quail's egg body and a fine carved tomato head and beak - Latimer Arts College, Northamptonshire.

Queens Crown - A crown of shortbread topped with Crème Brûlée sprinkled with edible diamond glitter - Sun Hill Junior School, Winchester.

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