TV cameras hovering around Linlithgow are filming young would-be entrepreneurs setting up their own pop-up takeaway.
Senior pupils at Linlithgow Academy have set up ‘Teen Canteen’ as part of a Young Enterprise project, and they hope to open a healthy takeaway to the general public in the final week of March. The challenge has been set by headmaster David McKenzie so that they learn business and food skills that will serve them their whole lives.
As part of their research, the S6 students met expert pâtissier Ross Baxter at the famous Dunbar Bakery this week, where they were taught the secret of making French macaroons, and how to run a business. The community shop was started in 2010, and with 601 local investors, the project has proved very successful.
Following this, the Academy team are holding their own event at the Burgh Halls, an Auld Alliance afternoon tea, on Sunday, March 3, where they will showcase their French inspired pastries, entertain guests with a string quartet, and display art exhibits by Academy pupils.
The unique enterprise project is being filmed for a BBC series made by independent production company Finestripe.
The pupils’ pop-up business aims to take on traditional takeaways by providing healthy, locally sourced family meals.
The school canteen will be used by the food team, who have been advised by mentors including corporate branding expert Hamish Taylor, food entrepreneur Fi Buchannan, and founder of The Mhor Enterprise, Tom Lewis, to create the meals that the team will sell to the public from a school outlet in the week beginning March 25. They hope that their afternoon tea will help raise seed money for their launch, and showcase their culinary skills to potential customers.
The Auld Alliance Afternoon Tea is entirely run by school pupils. Tickets cost £8 (adults) and £4 (children), available from firstname.lastname@example.org or on the door.