MasterChef Gary Maclean supports Meals & More Summer Holiday Clubs

(L-R) James Wood (aged 10), Gary McLean, Fafou Conteh (aged 9), Isafou Counteh (aged 5), chef consultant Donna Borokinni, Sheriff Counteh (aged 9)

MasterChef: The Professionals winner and father-of-five, Gary Maclean, was sharing his skills today at Dalmarnock Primary School where he worked with families to improve their food knowledge and skills and enable them to prepare simple, healthy meals at home on a tight budget.

Scottish food-service provider Brakes has committed £500,000 across five years to fund their Meals & More programme, providing holiday clubs in schools across the country during the school holidays. The number of clubs has grown considerably from two in Scotland last year to 26 this year.

Dalmarnock Primary School is one of the schools facilitating a holiday club, which include a nutritious meal for each participant, with upwards of 100 attendees.

The Meals & More holiday clubs not only provide children and their families with nutritious meals but also education on healthy eating, recipes, activities and day trips.

Jabou Conteh, mother of Isafou, 5, Fafou, 9 and Sheriff, 9, (pictured) and an 11-year-old son at high school and a baby on the way, commented: “The lunch clubs are so important. The kids love coming here and I also enjoy it as I’m learning new recipes and discovering new ingredients every day. It’s great as I can then try the recipes at home during the weekends.”

Brakes recently announced a new partnership with Gary Maclean and the company is keen to utilise his skills as a chef and father of five in supporting the holiday club programme.

Gary, commented: “It’s great to come along to the school to meet with families who are eager to improve their understanding of nutrition and skills in the kitchen.

“I have five children so I know preparing healthy meals can be a struggle, and expensive – but it doesn’t have to be. My goal here today is to demonstrate that nutritious meals can be simple, affordable to make and delicious for all the family to enjoy.”

Families who attended today’s holiday club at Dalmarnock Primary School got involved with preparing lunch, which consisted of carrot and coriander soup and shepherd’s pie. Attendees received a goody bag containing a recipe and ingredients to take home.

Gary McLean and Isafou Counteh (aged 5)

Carrot and Coriander Soup recipe


1 onion
3 carrots
1 potato
2 small cloves of garlic
1 vegetable stock
1-teaspoon oil
1 pint of water
Teaspoon of ground coriander
Handful of fresh coriander (optional)


Peel and slice the onion
Wash, peel (optional) and chop the carrots into slices
Wash, peel (optional) and dice the potato
Crush the garlic cloves
Add the oil to pan and heat over medium heat
Add the onions and carrots and soften for 10 minutes
Add the potatoes and crushed garlic and cook for further 2 minutes
Add the ground coriander and mix well
Add the stock cube and water and simmer for 10mins or until all vegetables are cooked.
Liquidise with a hand blender for a creamy finish (add more water if it is too thick)
Season with black pepper, add fresh coriander if using.
Serve with Bread. Enjoy.

Nutrition Facts:

• 102kcal per portion
• 25% of daily fibre requirement
• Good source of vitamins and minerals