You should choose one of these tasks when doing the controlled assessment unit. In each case a context is provided.
1. School products
There has been much concern related to the quality of food products/ meals served to students in school canteens. The ‘healthy school dinner’ campaign has brought about many positive changes. The school canteen is to launch a new and exciting range of fod products to appeal to 11-16 year olds.
Design task 1
Design and make a nutritionally balanced product with excellent sensory properties which appeal to teenagers.
Design task 2
Design and make a product that could be sold as part of a ‘themed day@ or ‘celebration@ at your school.
2. Ready made products.
Supermarkets have seen an increase in the demand for ready meals and ready made desserts. A supermarket wishes to extend its current range that contributes to the recommendations of the ‘eat well plate’ or the 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day rule’.
Design and make a savoury or sweet product that could be sold from a shop’s ‘speciality range’
Design and make a quality chilled or frozen dessert that includes the use of fruit.
Design and make a main course or dessert that uses fruit and/ or vegetables that could be sold from a supermarkets ‘Luxury range’.
Design and make a product ‘for one’ that a supermarket could use to extend the range of cook chill/ frozen products.
3 Children’s food products
Recent statistics have shown a rise in childhood obesity. A food company is responding to this by launching a new range of food products to encourage children to make healthier choices.
Design and make a product, suitable for children, to be sold in one of the food sections:
· Reduced fat
· Reduced sugar
· High fibre (NSP)
4 Celebrating Society
Our food choices are benefitting from the multi cultural society in which we live. A wide range of different ingredients and food products are available to buy in supermarkets and specialist shops. Exciting and interesting places to eat are being established throughout the country.
Design and make a product which could be served in a ‘themed’ eating place.
Design and make a product that celebrates the food from another country/ culture.
Designers have a responsibility to design products that address environmental and social issues. In order to alleviate poverty on some countries, Fair-trade has been developed to help producers to sell their products at a fair price.
A local shop his holding a promotion fortnight for fair-trade ingredients. Design and make a product which the shop could promote as an ‘own brand product’ using Fair-trade
Some considerations when choosing a task for your food controlled assessment.
You must have a target group which is within the 11 to 16 age group but is not too wide as you will have to state their nutritional recommended daily amounts.
You could aim at a special diet.
You will need access to a school meal/ school dining room for product evaluation.
Themes could be special diets, vegetarian, vegan, etc. as well as seasonal celebrations or occasions.
Range might be vegetarian, finest, luxury, religious, low fat etc.
Don’t define a fruit or fruits too early.
Must be a main course or a dessert- not both. Luxury ingredients should be used so don’t choose this if you have a cost limitation.
Must be one product. It must be made as a single portion. You cannot just cut a piece off a large product but you can make a large portion and use some of the mixture to make the single portion.
You must focus on one area only and the effects of reducing the fat or the sugar or increasing the fibre.
Themed place could be organic, vegetarian, culture etc.
For each task start off by thinking who, why, what, where and when. Who is the product for, why would they need/ want it, what could it be, where is it going to be eaten/ sold, when would it be eaten?