Eight-year-old Lord Sugars set to take Christmas chutney market by storm
PUBLISHED: 11:58 06 November 2014
An army of seven- and eight-year-old Lord Sugars are set to take the Christmas chutney market by storm as part of a school project.
Pupils at Rosemary Works School, in Branch Place, have spent the last few weeks growing their own tomatoes, picking them and turning them into a delicious spiced preserve.
The youngsters conducted market research, compared the product with rivals and designed the posters and packaging. Next month they plan to set up a stall in Spitalfields Market to sell their RW Chutney and raise cash for charity.
Lily Hamil, seven, said: “We have been preparing our own tomato chutney. We collected and picked the tomatoes from our own garden.”
Louis Deshpande, seven, added: “We have been tasting different chutneys to see if they are nice or yucky and choosing our favourites.”
Reuben McKinney Rowe, who turns eight today (Thursday), said: “We are comparing our chutney with ones from the shop. I’ve given our one 10 out of 10.”
But RW Chutney wasn’t the unanimous winner. Seven-year-old Baylie Melhado thought it had “too much spice in it”.
Matilda Taylor Crockett, seven, said: “We are going to sell it at Spitalfields Market on our own stall.”
The budding business brains’ teacher, Ross Stewart, was impressed by the youngsters’ entrepreneurial spirit.
“It’s amazing how quickly they have picked it up,” he said.
“I think some of them watch Young Apprentice, but it’s incredible. The take the ideas and run with them.
“I was concerned some of the concepts might be a bit advanced, but they got it straightaway, saying, ‘We could call it this, have a poster like that’ and so on.
“It’s all their own ideas.
“It’s good, because the project has elements of maths, literacy and science. And this is what is waiting for them after school.
“We’ve definitely got some young entrepreneurs in the class.”
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