Reflections on the 2014 Smart Choices Masterclasses

Schools News


Food Smart Schools have had the pleasure of been in attendance and presenting at the Smart Choices  Masterclasses run by the Qld Department of Education, Training and Employment this year in Cairns and Brisbane.


We had such a great time catching up with all the wonderful convenors, volunteers and parent organisation representatives we met at these events.


Food Smart Schools presentations

This year Food Smart Schools Dietitian, Amelia Webster presented on managing allergens in the tuckshop and greening up tuckshop menus.

Throughout the managing allergens presentations a few key documents were mentioned, which we have linked to below.

Anaphylaxis guidelines for Queensland state schools –

Catering for those with coeliac disease –

ASCIA dietary avoidance for food allergy fact sheets –


During the More GREEN Please workshops we worked through some menu case study examples.  For those making an effort to GREEN up their menus, here is a reminder of our top tips:

  • Keep you menus small and manageable
  • Have GREEN specials – see our top selling GREEN ideas
  • Avoid multiple types of similar AMBER foods (eg. different types of crumbed chicken or a wide range of crisp-type snacks)
  • Sell just water, milk and small fruit juices



Workshops from Alison Taafe

The always entertaining Alison Taafe was in attendance at the masterclasses again.  To see Alison cooking some of her popular dishes, check out the clips on the Department of Education, Training and Employment You Tube channel.



Queensland Tuckshop Sandwich Designer of the Year

Congratulations to Anna Keefe from St William’s Primary who won the Department of Education, Training and Employment  2014 Queensland Tuckshop Sandwich Designer of the Year award! Anna created the Tunalicious – a delicious blend of tuna, red onion, grated carrot, alfalfa, dill, flat leaf parsley, chives, sweet chilli sauce, mayonnaise, lettuce and crunchy combo sprouts in homemade flat bread.  The announcement of Anna as the winner was held in the Queens Street Mall with special guest judges, Mal Gill and Alison Taafe.  

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