When 30 students of Sherwood Hall Senior Secondary School, Chetpet, took their places behind the food counters in their school premises recently on a sunny morning, it wasn’t without an air of confidence writ large on their faces.

They had not only helped their parents in dishing out recipes for the food festival but were also the sponsors of the event that saw the teachers in full attendance, along with chief guest chef K. Damodaran, popularly known as “Damu”. The young chefs had one thing to say - that good food need not always be high on taste.

The organising participants were students of Class V A. Lessons on traditional food in their Tamil textbook had inspired language teacher Anitha Evangeline to come up with the idea of a food festival which would explain the goodness of “ P aarambariya Unavu ” (traditional food) made from grains, fresh vegetables and pulses. Chef Damu, accompanied by Correspondent Srividya Murali and Principal Vasantha Malaiappan, visited the stalls.