Qualified chef Shontell Green swapped her kitchen for a classroom at Prospect School.
But the 26-year-old teacher still knows a good recipe when she sees one.
Miss Green is the brains behind a new cookbook launched at the school’s jubilee on October 31.
All of the recipes come from students, parents and teachers.
"It’s really cool because everyone has contributed," Miss Green says. "Most of them are tried and trusted – and the children are excited about it."
Miss Green is from the South Island and worked for nearly four years as a chef. But the job didn’t suit and she was keen to try something new.
"I didn’t like the hours and always wanted to be a teacher," she says.
The cookbook can be bought for $10 and features Blackie the school cat on the cover.
Principal Gay Turner is pleased with the result.
"It’s the first time the school has done a cookbook," she says. "It was a lot of hard work and Shontell did a great job."
Ms Turner, who submitted a dish of her own, says a quarter of the books have already sold.
Proceeds will go towards a World Vision child sponsored by the school and help pay for Blackie’s upkeep.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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