Award Winning Menu is Food for Thought

Tuesday 2 November 2022

Photo courtesy of Trevor Martin

A unique collaboration between students and Gordonstoun’s catering team has delivered an award-winning menu at the school. Members of Gordonstoun’s Refectory Committee worked with its chefs to create a new ‘Phased Learning Menu’. This builds on scientific understanding of the link between diet and mental or physical performance to deliver nutrient-packed breakfasts to boost concentration and memory, a ‘Carb and Protein Bar’ to deliver energy for sporting events and increased ‘brain-boosting’ Omega-3 and antioxidants during assessment periods. Gordonstoun believes it is the first school to create a menu which matches nutritional content to student activities in order to help young people improve their all-round performance.

The new menu has already won Talk Education’s Award for Innovation in Nutrition or Food and most recently won the Wellbeing Award at the inaugural Scottish School Food Awards.

You can read more about Gordonstoun’s new menu in the Press and Journal and more about the Scottish School Food Awards here and the Talk Education awards here.


Gordonstoun is a not-for-profit independent boarding school which was established in Moray, Scotland in 1934 by Dr Kurt Hahn, a Jewish exile who fled Nazi Germany. He founded the school with the ideal of developing better world citizens equipped to contribute to society. Dr Kurt Hahn was the driving force behind the Outward Bound Movement and also worked with former pupil Prince Philip to establish The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards. Gordonstoun has been a pioneer of character education which, as well as academic subjects, includes outdoor activities, sailing and service to the community. Three generations of British Royalty were educated at Gordonstoun including King Charles. Approximately one third of the pupils at the co-educational boarding school receive financial help in order to attend. The school was described as ‘outstanding’ and ‘sector-leading’ in its most recent inspection and was voted the best boarding school in the UK in 2021.