Young Chef of the Year Award launches in Ireland
Started in 2017 through the Healthier Fleetwood initiative, it aims improve long-term health by educating children and their families about food and nutrition.
GP Dr Mark Spencer, who supported the initiative when it first launched, said: “Cooking is great fun and brings families and friends together. Getting children interested in cooking and improving their nutritional knowledge is a great initiative.”
Two Primary schools in Limerick, with the support of nutrition coach and teacher Evelyn Hartigan and funding from the JP McManus Charitable Foundation, will be taking part this year.
Students aged 10-12 will be designing a ‘Meal for their Hero’ of soup, main course, dessert and a drink for under €10.
Along the way, the children will learn chef skills, seasonality, cooking methods, food hygiene and safety, where food comes from and healthy diets. The teaching will also cross over into other curriculum areas such as English, Mathematics, Geography, Science and Social Personal and Health Education.
Among the resources available to the schools will be videos from Katharine Tate (The Food Teacher, Director) and Harry Lomas MBE.