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National Charity Launches Cookery Courses Aimed At Education Sector

The Schools Food Trust (SFT) has designed a series of low cost cookery courses aimed specifically at the education sector.

The SFT was established in 2005 and is a national charity and specialist advisor to the Government on matters relating to children’s food, school meals and related issues.

The aims of the SFT are to ensure that children receive the food education; cookery skills and balanced diet that they will need to live a healthy life and achieve their potential.

The series of one-day courses will include topics such as how to develop flexible and compliant menus and how to put the fun back into cooking and food.

Other subject areas will include engaging pupils and parents with healthy food; creative marketing of school meals and increasing the take up of free school meals.

A spokesman for the SFT explained that the courses will cover the key issues currently affecting school food, with the content developed from expertise that has been gained through working in partnership with numerous schools since 2005.

The SFT are confident that the low-cost courses will provide a great deal of practical help to those looking to increase the take up of school meals. Delegates should expect to leave with a number of ideas and actions that have been used effectively in schools throughout the country.

The SFT has recently published figures showing that the number of children choosing to eat school meals has grown for third successive year. However the majority of children still opt not to eat school meals.

The sessions will begin in the autumn with courses in Birmingham and London and prices starting from as little as £150. Further information is available online at www.schoolfoodtrust.org.uk/howto

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Swindon Council To Consider Takeaway Ban

Swindon Town Council will consider introducing new planning regulations to prevent new fast food outlets from opening within a quarter of a mile of schools in the area.

The motion has been tabled with the intention of reducing the number of children that are overweight in the town. The plan is to help children avoid temptation and curb unhealthy eating habits.

Councillor Dale Heenan will propose that the new policy be introduced at the next planning committee. He explained that his intention is that planning officers will draft a policy that effectively bans fast food outlets from within a certain distance of a school.

Councillor Heenan’s view is that the issue should be debated in an open forum. If planning officers are able to draft a policy then the council would need to consult with residents to investigate whether or not they it is something that they would be willing to support.

If the idea is supported by the planning committee then the aim is for officers to begin work on the policy and report back in the New Year.

He has also suggested that the council should contact celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to ask if they would consider opening restaurants in Swindon, as well as possibly offering pupils healthy cookery courses.

Local GP and chairman of the national FDA, Dr Peter Swinyard explained that it’s really important that children eat a well balanced diet. From a medical perspective, Dr Swinyard supports the aim to reduce the amount of fast food that children consume.

However, a spokesman for the town’s business community claimed that the plan was slightly Draconian. Chris Watts feels that people should be able to make their own decisions about where they eat. His view is that plans such as these don’t address the root cause of the problem and, instead of restricting access; we should be looking more at education.

The Swindon proposal is very similar to a plan considered recently by councillors in Wrexham.

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A quick glance at the ‘Top Ten Trends for 2012’ published by food&drinkstowers provides not only a reflection of where the country is economically but, as the title suggests, lays the foundation of where the UK is heading, gastronomically speaking.

There is huge emphasis being placed by the average consumer, whose feedback has constituted the basis for the results determining the report’s outcome, on getting back to basics. The best way to learn how to do this for the younger generation, many of whom have been brought up on microwave ready-meals and fast-food restaurants, is to get yourself enrolled on a cookery course.

There are so many one-off cooking classes or in-depth cookery courses, to suit every budget, that there really is no excuse not to learn how food works, why ingredients come together to produce the edible delights we see being created on television and, most importantly, what elements are good or bad for you in your diet.

One of the first lessons you will learn when joining a gym is that exercise alone is not the answer. Obesity, sadly, is becoming a plague, blighting the UK’s young and old alike, threatening the very economy that all sectors are conscious of stabilising. Today’s youngsters are tomorrow’s workforce – they will be the ones clocking on and off to ensure pension funds are there for the older generation (that’s us) to claim; it is imperative that they are taught the value of nutrition – the basis of a healthy lifestyle!  It is all relative.

The way we eat has changed beyond all recognition in just one generation, it seems. The reasons are many, few of them are good. One-parent families or households where both parents work full-time can often be stretched when it comes to preparing fresh meals every night of the week. We have got out of the habit of eating well – even understanding what foods are good for us and why.

There are so many young families starting to build a new home that simply do not know how to cook from scratch, not even the basics, it is unbelievable. Everything they know about shopping for food is how it is bought from the supermarket. Even if it’s not a frozen meal ‘ready in eight minutes‘, it is a ‘jar of curry‘ or pre-prepared in a ‘packet of Bolognese mix‘. And how some of the ‘healthy’ options can claim to be that is mystifying – they may contain less fat (being deprived of the right fat is bad for you, anyway), but are high in salt and stuffed with artificial fillers and preservatives which serve to give them ‘taste’.

Here on cookerycourses.co.uk, we will not only bring you the best cookery courses to be found on the internet and offline, but we will endeavour to put a healthy slant on news, too. Concentrating on the freshest ideas from top chefs and cooking houses, we will bring you a master class of our own as we recommend la crème de la crème in understanding and learning about cooking – you can Sous us, if we don’t!