'Homer' Hudson backs Jamie's school meals

PUBLISHED: 10:54 28 September 2006 | UPDATED: 19:49 01 June 2010

Homer lookalike Paul Hudson

Homer lookalike Paul Hudson

HE may once have won a Homer Simpson lookalike competition, but Paul Hudson is determined the meals he serves up to Wisbech schoolchildren are anything like his favourite cartoon character s daily fayre. And unlike other schools who have only recently cha

Pupils enjoy the healthy fayre

HE may once have won a Homer Simpson lookalike competition, but Paul Hudson is determined the meals he serves up to Wisbech schoolchildren are anything like his favourite cartoon character's daily fayre.

And unlike other schools who have only recently changed menus in the wake of Jamie Oliver's tv campaign, Mr Hudson says he is celebrating his 10th year of waging war on junk food.

"Jamie Oliver has had a massive influence because he has got the Government involved but I think we were there before him", said Mr Hudson, head chef at Wisbech Grammar School.

"When I first came here a lot of the food was unhealthy. It was things like chicken nuggets, and chips were on the menu every day.

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"I gradually introduced new things and withdrew the chips, which we now have just one day a week. We pre-empted Jamie Oliver on this, and on most days we don't have any food left, it is all sold."

He uses local suppliers for quality meat and vegetables. He starts work at 6.30am to make the bread. Pasta dishes, noodles, salads and roasts are snapped up by hungry students.

At break the pupils can tuck into home-made cakes, pizza, tarts and filled rolls.

Mr Hudson is, however, never far away from his favourite cartoon character and pictures of Homer are on the walls of the school kitchen.

It was a dream come true when he won a prize in a national look-alike competition to travel to Los Angeles and sit on a read through by the cast of the Simpsons.

"Since day one I have been a great fan of the Simpsons so it was amazing when I found out I had won the prize," he said. " All my friends call me Homer.

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