The Craft Guild of Chefs plans to launch a range of nationwide cookery courses aimed at families, following a series of successful trials in Herford.
The association, in partnership with Zuidam and Premier Foods, recently held a trail course at Simon Balle School. Children were joined by their parents for a practical cookery course which focused on the fundamentals of cooking.
The course featured Matt Owens, an executive chef at Zuidam, and Mark Rigby, one of the senior chefs at Premier Foods. They each demonstrated their cookery skills and were on hand to answer questions.
These trials have proved so popular that the association now plans to launch the ‘family food appreciation’ courses nationwide in the New Year.
Owens explained that in the past, chefs have volunteered their time to enter schools and teach the children about cooking and food. Whilst these sessions have been well received by the children, the message regarding healthy eating is often lost since the children end up eating junk food at home.
This is one of the main reasons that the courses focus on educating the entire family.
Rigby claimed that most people tend to only think about food when they are hungry and don’t really contemplate planning meals. This tends to result in unhealthy snacking. He was also quick to point out that eighty per cent of children with obese parents will become obese themselves.
Every school that signs up will offered up to four cooking courses each year, which will be scheduled to coincide with the availability of seasonal produce.
If the school does not contain suitable facilities then the association will work with local firms to secure an alternative venue.
For more information on the cooking courses please visit www.craftguildofchefs.org